Trump tells newspaper Obama aide might have broken the law

Posted April 12, 2017

James Comey testified on March 20 that neither the Federal Bureau of Investigation nor the Department of Justice have found any evidence of Obama and his administration wiretapping Trump Tower.

"White House lawyers", Lake wrote, "last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of USA persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign".

"If he's going to make accusations of criminality of anyone, he needs to show evidence to support that kind of a charge", Schiff said. More important is what the rest of the world thinks about him. "I think it's going to be the biggest story".

FILE - In this July 7, 2016 file photo, then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice is seen on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. In an interview Tuesday with MSNBC, she said: "The allegation is that somehow the Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes".

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. Individuals who are not targets of legal U.S. intelligence surveillance are normally referred to in classified reports as "U.S. Person One", "U.S. Person Two", etc. Officials typically "unmask" Americans if it is deemed necessary for understanding the information.

Trump's comments on Wednesday also pointed to a larger conspiracy, that would include other Obama administration officials. When the Times asked him if Rice broke the law, he said, "Do I think?"

I agree with Rand Paul who said, "We need to protect American privacy".

National-security correspondent Jim Sciutto (who joined the network straight from the Obama administration) labeled it "a ginned-up scandal" and President Trump's "latest attempt" to "divert attention from his team's contacts with Russian Federation". Last month, he accused Obama of wiretapping his NY skyscraper and later said Obama had spied on his campaign.

Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the early days of the Trump administration about communications he had with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, during the transition period.

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Implicit in the latest White House attempt to distract from the deep-throated Russia question is an assumption that Rice's knowledge is more damning that anything already disclosed, to wit, secret meetings with Russian actors, compensation for foreign agency, and the possibility of financial connections, the extent of which will be revealed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation or Congress, particularly, if any wrongdoing is found. General Flynn, in contrast, acted outside of the scope of his job and needs immunity, though he may have asked for it too late.

Congressman Devin Nunes, the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, has viewed the material in question and has said that the reports were of no intelligence value nor did they have anything to do with Russian Federation.

Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., a member of the committee, told CNN that Rice is on the witness list.

"The more we find out about this, the more we learn there was something there", Spicer said.

These intelligence reports became the subject of controversy after reports surfaced that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice "unmasked" USA citizens who were swept up in the incidental surveillance.

At this point, Susan Rice must testify under oath in front of Congress to explain her actions.

Rice also denied leaking anything to the media, and she said people in Trump's inner circle and/or those who worked in Trump Tower were not specifically targeted for any surveillance operations during the Obama administration.

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