And while former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice has been implicated as at least one of the officials who sought redacted names from surveillance transcripts, multiple lawmakers and investigators for the panel told Fox News the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency - all agencies in position to aid the probe - are not cooperating.
Without knowing the precise nature of the intelligence documents, which neither the Trump administration nor any Republican legislators complicit with this charade claim to know, the assertion that Rice abused her role is completely unjustifiable. While Rice would not deny that she asked that names of Trump officials be demasked, she insisted the Obama administration did not spy on Mr. Trump or his staff for political purposes.
"There is an established process for senior national security officials to ask for the identity of US persons in these reports", she added.
Intelligence officials said any requests that Rice may have made would have been handled by the intelligence agency responsible for the report, which in most cases would have been the National Security Agency.
In an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday, Rice acknowledged that she sometimes asked for the names of Americans referenced in reports. More than Hillary Clinton's, it was her post-Benghazi comments that gave the Obama administration major headaches, given Rice said the attack appeared to result from spontaneous protests due to an anti-Islam video.
As a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst who has handled requests for demasking the names of American citizens for a US policymaker, I thought Rice's claims in her interview did not add up. Typically, when Americans are swept up in foreign surveillance, they are referred to as something like "Person One", hiding their names.
"Yes, I think", but he cited no evidence to support the claim. Following Nixon's resignation, the intelligence community was reformed via the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, with the hopes of imposing accountability measures for federal officials that spy on political opponents.
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Trump told the New York Times Wednesday that media outlets, including the Times, have not adequately covered the story. And did anyone on his staff have access to this information, as well.
The U.S. routinely monitors the communications of foreigners.
If the information involving Americans has no intelligence value, it is supposed to be destroyed.
Rice became a favorite target of conservatives after the 2012 attacks on a USA diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, when she was sent out to do television interviews with talking points about the attacks that later proved to be incorrect. "The president of the United States and people in the White House do not have the ability to order such collection".
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) first suggested that he had seen intelligence reports that contained the identities of Trump associates, including some where the names were masked but were easily identifiable.
"When it comes to Susan Rice, you need to verify, not trust", said Sen.