Ron Paul Sees Susan Rice Revelations as a Big Deal

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President Donald Trump meets King Abdullah II of Jordan in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday.

However, the probe into Russia's interference in the election is ongoing and the subject of two congressional investigations.

"This is why. our effort has to be bipartisan - nonpartisan in a more ideal sense", Warner said.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer cast Rice's handling of intelligence in the waning days of Obama's term as suspicious, although he did not detail what he found to be inappropriate.

Bloomberg reporter Eli Lake confirmed this in a bombshell April 3 report in which he said the demasked reports "contained valuable political information on the Trump transition".

She says the requests were only be made for national security purposes. But she said it was only "to do our jobs in the national security realm" and not for "political purposes". Flynn was sacked after it became clear that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and others about the content of those discussions.

On Tuesday, Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice admitted to requesting the intelligence community unmask Americans captured in communications with foreigners under legal surveillance. (This may explain how the information came out-that is, was leaked-about Michael Flynn's meeting with the Russian ambassador, something even Democrats routinely have done.) We now know that Obama advisor Susan Rice initiated the unmasking. It's the policy. When anyone's name appears unless there's an intelligence value to it, the name has to be blacked out and masked.

It's hard to imagine FBI Director James Comey or NSA Director Mike Rogers participating with Obama officials in "political" surveillance of the Trump transition, which is the allegation some Republicans are making.

In mid-March, House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes abruptly announced he had seen "troubling" information about spy agencies widely spreading the identities of Trump associates.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer would not comment on the Rice development but did criticize the press corp for their coverage. "Burr, Sen. Warner, to conduct a bipartisan investigation of this whole episode", McConnell said.

If so, then she may have violated US law. Nunes has provided limited details about the information he obtained, but said there are "dozens of reports" showing that "incidentally collected information about USA citizens involved in the Trump transition" was gathered during the course of "normal foreign surveillance".

"The notion that which some people are trying to suggest that by asking for the identity of an American person, that is the same as leaking it is completely false", she told Mitchell. "Yes, I think." He did not indicate what crime he felt she might have committed.

"Another fake scandal being peddled by right-wing media" is what CNN anchor Chris Cuomo (brother of New York's Democratic governor) called it.