A new report says that lawmakers and aides on both sides of the aisle have reviewed the same documents as House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, and found no evidence to support claims that former National Security Advisor Susan Rice or any other Obama administration officials acted improperly.
The documents seen by lawmakers at the National Security Agency's headquarters show no evidence that President Barack Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, acted illegally by requesting that the names of some USA citizens be unmasked during investigations into Russia's alleged involvement in the USA election, CNN reported on Tuesday.
Their private assessment contradicts President Donald Trump's allegations that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice broke the law by requesting the "unmasking" of USA individuals' identities.
He later admitted obtaining the documents from a confidential source on White House grounds one day earlier.
Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, brought the intelligence reports to light last month when he claimed he had reviewed documents at the White House revealing that USA citizens, including Trump advisers, were caught up in an intelligence sweep.
Members of the House and Senate intelligence committees have since been able to see the intelligence reports connected to Rice's requests at the National Security Agency's headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, over the past week CNN reported Wednesday. In some cases, rather than documenting foreign intelligence, the files included salacious personal information that if released could be embarrassing or harmful to the person's reputation, USA intelligence and House Intelligence Committee sources said. Another said there is "absolutely" no conclusive evidence that Rice did anything wrong or illegal. Rice may now be on the long list of witnesses the committees plan to interview.
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Rice herself vehemently denied the accusations in TV interview on April 4: "The effort to ask for the identity of an American citizen is necessary to understand the importance of an intelligence report, in some instances", Rice told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.
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"When you look at Susan Rice and what's going on", he told Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo. House Democrats and Republicans on the Intelligence Committee are near agreement on the list of witnesses to interview, with the GOP mostly focusing on people who may have leaked classified information and the Democrats hoping to question Trump associates who may have ties to Russian Federation.