Susan Rice sought 'detailed spreadsheets' on Trump aide calls

At most, she could request that the identities be unmasked, and NSA could either approve or deny the request. This led to Van Jones jumping in and attempting to refute Miller.

White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of us persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to USA officials familiar with the matter. There he viewed computer systems within the National Security Council that included the logs of Ms. Rice's requests to unmask USA persons. Her role in requesting the identities of Trump transition officials adds an important element to the dueling investigations surrounding the Trump White House since the president's inauguration.

The pattern of Ms. Rice's requests was discovered in a National Security Council (NSC) review of the government's policy on "unmasking" the identities of individuals in the USA who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. He told the White House General Counsel's office about his findings, according to sources who asked not to be named. The identities of Americans who talk with those foreigners, or who are discussed in conversations between two non-U.S. persons, are hidden in intelligence reports.

"Any senior official who receives the underlying intelligence may request these identities", Deitz said, noting that while "the bar for obtaining the identity is not particularly high, it must come from a senior official, and the reason can not simply be raw curiosity". All it demonstrates is that foreign entities were either discussing members of the Trump team or establishing communication with them.

The U.S. official said Rice's Trump-related requests were discovered as part of a National Security Council review of the government's policy on "unmasking" - the intelligence community's term for revealing Americans' identities that would otherwise be hidden in classified reports.

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She also denied disclosing the name of former national security advisor Michael Flynn, her short-lived successor who resigned over his controversial contacts with Russian Federation: "I leaked nothing to nobody, and never have and never would", the former diplomat said.

Until that occurs, however, claims that the unmasking was illegal or unethical remain premature and likely erroneous. The president's advisers quickly embraced Nunes' revelations, but did not acknowledge at the time that the congressman had viewed the information at the White House with the help of White House officials. Nunes said the classified documents show Trump associates may have been incidentally surveilled, but the Democratic ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, said he does not agree with that assessment.

"When it comes to Susan Rice, you need to verify, not trust", said Sen.

The Obama official first earned the ire of Republicans when she was accused of misleading the public about the attack on an American embassy in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012.

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