Susan Rice may have committed a crime, Trump says without providing evidence

Cooper said that Trump's remarks came off as tone deaf a day after scores of civilians were killed in a suspected chemical attack in Syria.

The House Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat, Adam Schiff of California, praised Nunes' recusal. Nunes has said he will not step down from his position as chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

"Our requests are simply not being answered".

An FBI spokesperson said the bureau is working in good faith.

Nunes has apologized for the way he presented his information, but that hasn't stopped Democratic and Republican leaders alike from questioning his ability to oversee a fair investigation of the Russian Federation matter.

By way of explanation, Rice told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that unmasking is a tool to help consumers of intelligence - which is what she was as national-security adviser - to understand the context of overheard discussions. "We have already made available significant information in response to their requests, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the execution of their important responsibilities".

They actually are not routine and taken very seriously by NSA.

The CIA is now headed by former Rep. Mike Pompeo, who himself served on the House Intelligence Committee prior to his nomination.

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The allegation was a remarkable escalation by a sitting president, while his critics say, the latest effort of changing the story when his budding administration is gulped down by questions about any role his associates played in a Russian campaign to disturb the last year's presidential election.

It is legal and not unusual for a national security adviser to request the identities of Americans who are mentioned in intelligence reports.

It was Nunes who first raised the unmasking allegations, saying that some names were unmasked in the documents he reviewed.

Shedd, who had the authority to ask for Americans' names to be unmasked when he held positions on the National Security Council, contends that it's unlikely intelligence officials would reject a request to unmask an identity from a person in authority such as Rice. "I don't have a particular recollection of doing that more frequently after the election". "You've got this administration which seems to try to deflect any story with some other outrageous claim, whether it be that the Obama administration somehow hacked into you, or you listened in on the Trump folks, or other claims that are, that have been outrageous about millions of unregistered voters voting".

Obama NSA advisor Susan Rice's alleged unmasking of intelligence intercepts of some of President-elect Trump's transition staff appears to be a violation of policy and law, says at least one member of the House Intelligence Committee.

Rice is a senior manager looking over the entire intelligence community.

"A lot of us are upset".

"The charges [against Nunes] are entirely false and politically motivated, and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmasking of the identities of US citizens and other abuses of power", he said. Rice confirmed that she requested the demasking of Americans while she was National Security Adviser.

  • Megan Austin