CNN's Don Lemon Loses It: Won't 'Aid And Abet' Trump's Surveillance Claim

CNN's Don Lemon Loses It: Won't 'Aid And Abet' Trump's Surveillance Claim

CNN's Don Lemon Loses It: Won't 'Aid And Abet' Trump's Surveillance Claim

"The allegation is that somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes", Rice told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

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Even if we were to assume for the sake of argument that the NSA representative detailed to the National Security Council (over which Rice presided) had the authority to grant her unmasking request (s), and if we also assumed that NSA official did not feel it was prudent to seek approval from someone of greater seniority at NSA, Rice would still would have had to convince the NSA official that the circumstances justified the unmasking.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation, that Rice should "testify under oath" for her involvement in trying to exposing Trump associates, as their names appeared in raw intelligence reports collected by US intelligence operations.

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"If [unmasking] is allowed, we shouldn't be allowing it, but I don't think [we] should just discount how big a deal it is that Susan Rice was looking at these", Paul said to reporters on Monday. Pursuant to USSID 18's procedures, intelligence reports summarizing information derived from the raw data would contain a redaction in place of the identity of each USA person.

Rice described a hypothetical example of a conversation between two foreigners about a conversation they were having with an American who was proposing to sell them hi-tech bomb-making equipment.

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The bar is high too because there has to be a legitimate intelligence reason to justify identifying the person or persons.

According to the story, White House lawyers learned in March that Rice had requested the identities of US residents whose names were collected during investigations of others. So the notion 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. "There's no equivalence between so-called unmasking and leaking".

She was pressed on MSNBC about whether she had exposed Mr Trump's former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign in February after misleading the White House about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. And every morning, to enable us to do that, we receive from the intelligence community a compilation of intelligence reports that the IC, the intelligence community, has selected for us on a daily basis to give us the best information as to what is going on around the world.

Trump-friendly news outlets like Fox News and Breitbart quickly jumped on the story as possible evidence to back up the president's "wiretapping" claims. The names of US citizens are normally redacted, or blocked out, in intelligence reports under the federal Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. She also offered some questionable explanations for the demasking process.

President Barack Obama speaks to Susan Rice in Vientiane, Laos, Sept. 8, 2016.

"There is a civil liberties component to this that should be very troubling in terms of the revelations that keep coming out", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday.

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