Nobody believes Rice's explanation for unmasking

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has been in the news recently because a source in the intelligence community informed him that Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice was behind the "unmasking" of Trump campaign associates in intelligence reports, which may have led to other members of the intelligence community leaking classified information to the press for partisan political reasons.

President Donald Trump has accused Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, of breaking the law by requesting the "unmasking" of Americans' identities, but limited attention to the documents Nunes referenced would be one indication lawmakers don't believe Rice's actions were wildly inappropriate or illegal. As a result, Nunes has recused himself from the intel committee's Trump-Russia probe, but he's still looking into Rice's unmasking and the questionable conduct of the intelligence committee more generally. Another flatly rejected the notion that classified National Security Agency documents show evidence of wrongdoing and went as far as to challenge the White House to declassify them to allow the public to see for themselves that there was nothing out of the ordinary.

Rice is adamant that she committed no crimes.

Despite these assurances, however, the report notes other members of Congress still have concerns about the Obama administration's alleged surveillance of the Trump campaign. During an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, President Donald Trump commented on the matter and stated, "Does anybody really believe that?"

"Perhaps I didn't know how right I was", Trump said, "Because nobody knew the extent of it".

Asked by the Times if he believed Rice's actions were criminal Trump responded, "Do I think?" He also called it "truly one of the big stories of our time".

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"There were occasions when I would receive a report in which a USA person was referred to, name not provided, just a US person, and sometimes in that context in order to understand the importance of that report, and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out or request the information as to who that US official was", she said.

Rice is among the list of witnesses that House and Senate Intelligence officials want to interview as part of its probe into Russian attempts to meddle with the USA elections.

Nunes first announced on March 22 that he'd viewed intelligence reports that contained incidental surveillance on members of the Trump team.

Nunes, who was leading the House investigation, temporarily recused himself from the Russian Federation probe last week after the House Ethics Committee opened its own investigation into whether Nunes revealed classified information when he spoke with the press.

A former member of the Trump transition team, Nunes has been accused of colluding with the White House to derail his committee's investigation into Russian Federation by redirecting its focus with unfounded accusations aimed at the Obama administration.

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