President Trump criticized former National Security Advisor Susan Rice in two early-morning tweets about how Rice refused to appear before a Senate subcommittee about Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
In a letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who had requested that Rice appear before the subcommittee, Rice's attorney, Kathryn Ruemmler, said that her client would not be appearing because Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who is also on the subcommittee, did not agree she should have to appear.
Susan Rice, the former National Security Advisor to President Obama, is refusing to testify before a Senate Subcommittee next week on.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2017
Trump voiced his disapproval in two tweets Thursday morning.
...allegations of unmasking Trump transition officials. Not good!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2017
If she had appeared, Rice would have likely been asked about the "unmasking" of American citizens who were speaking with foreign targets being surveilled by the intelligence community.
Previously, Trump said that Rice may have committed a crime by asking intelligence gatherers to disclose the name of a Trump official mentioned in an intelligence report.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) felt "deeply disappointed" at Rice's refusal.
"Declining to attend because you didn't get an invite from a member of your party is a poor excuse and makes it appear as though she’s hiding something. No investigation will be complete until her role is understood," said Grassley.
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