Trump suggests Susan Rice might have committed crime

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Trump said in an interview with The New York Times this week.

Trump would not say if he reviewed new intelligence to support his claim.

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".

As for Rice herself, she has denied any allegations of impropriety and said during an interview with MSNBC, "The allegation is that somehow the Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes".

National-security experts have said that Rice's reported requests to identify who was speaking with the foreign officials before Trump was inaugurated were neither unusual nor against the law. The US's intelligence agencies (eg the CIA) "produce" the intelligence and they decide if any Americans incidentally "captured" during the surveillance of foreigners should be "unmasked".

In addition, the amount of the number of people that were "unmasked" from the Trump transition team and "how often they were unmasked by Susan Rice", will also emerge, he told Malzberg. He called Bannon "the leading anti-China voice in the White House" and said he believes that made the Chinese "uneasy".

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Fred Fleitz, an ex-CIA analyst, saw a mismatch in what Rice said versus what she allegedly did. If the National Security Agency deems those reasons vaild, it will unmask the names.

The dispute revolves around so-called "incidental collection"- when US intelligence agencies inadvertently pick up the names or conversations of USA persons on wiretaps or other communications intercepts.

Leaking classified information could be a crime, but no evidence has surfaced publicly that indicates Rice did that and she flatly denied doing so in her interview with MSNBC.

Graham is the chairman of a Senate subcommittee that oversees the counterintelligence division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the potential ties between Trump's camp and Russian Federation. "And sometimes in that context, in order to understand the importance of the report, and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out, or request the information, as to who the USA official was", Rice said.

President Donald Trump one month and one day ago accused former President Barack Obama of committing a felony, wiretapping him in Trump Tower. "That's absolutely false." She added that she had nothing to do with leaking information about such intelligence collection, which has fueled the KremlinGate story and led to Michael Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser, to resign.

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