Schiff: 'We'd be happy to have' Rice testify before committee

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Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice said Tuesday that she "absolutely" never sought to uncover "for political purposes" the names of Trump campaign or transition officials concealed in intelligence intercepts, and she called suggestions that she leaked those identities "completely false".

"She needs to testify under oath", tweeted Republican Sen.

Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee probing the Russian Federation scandal, has tried to direct attention to how the Obama administration used intelligence reports.

According to a US official, Rice asked spy agencies to give her the names of Trump associates who surfaced in intelligence reports she was regularly briefed on. Certain government officials such as Rice may request names to be revealed to help them understand the intelligence reports.

"The allegation is somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes".

Eli Lake's story on Rice wasn't evaluated for truth or falsehood.

But now the administration has concocted a third justification that is far more insidious because it migrates from the realm of fantastical conspiracy theories to something more complex, facially plausible, and contiguous with Trump's stated objective: to shift public scrutiny away from his campaign's complicity in Russian election interference, and toward his unsubstantiated counterclaim that the Russia story is fake and driven by illegal, selective, and politically motivated leaking of classified intelligence. "She said, 'maybe I did, but I didn't do it for political reasons'".

Paul said, "So, now we know that someone in the Obama administration was eavesdropping and specifically searching a databank looking for the Trump people". Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas acknowledged last month that she encouraged former colleagues to secure documents about Trump connections to Russian Federation.

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"U.S. officials said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been scrutinizing the Seychelles meeting as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in the 2016 USA election and alleged contacts between associates of Putin and Trump".

When, exactly, did Ms. Rice start using the US government's spy operation as a weapon against Mr. Obama's political opponents? The networks finally covered the story minimally on Tuesday morning, but they also defended the administration. "To me or whoever might have requested it", she told Mitchell.

EIR asks, also: Is it conceivable, given the scope of the operation, that Rice's "boss", President Barack Obama, did not know? Rice has admitted to asking for the names of Trump associates while at first denying any knowledge.

We should all support a full accounting of what the Russian government did, what the Trump inner circle did, and how the USA government responded.

Hoekstra said Democrats would have to explain their evolving stance on surveillance "the next time there are debates on the Patriot Act and there's talk about continuing certain government rights, expanding them or rolling them back".

"We need to protect American privacy", he said. "I said, 'We asked you about this, ' and he said, 'Well, actually, Mr. Chairman, here's the specific question you asked me, and I answered your question.' And you would say, 'Yeah, but what just came out is only two degrees from what we asked you.' And he said, 'Yes, Mr. Chairman, but I answered your question". He is still facing a court-martial and is expected to appear in court in May.

The latest twist in the Russian Federation probe appears to be posing challenges to some mainstream media outlets, which had doggedly been chasing every angle when it placed the Trump administration in the crosshairs.

"I think it's going to be the biggest story", Trump told The Times in an interview Wednesday.