McConnell: Intel Committee Should Probe Report On Rice Unmasking

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It also appears that the monitoring at issue had little if anything to do with the investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election. Donald Trump Jr. even tweeted Cernovich deserved journalism's highest honor.

Rice said she would need to see unmasked names as part of her to "protect the American people and the security of our country", Rice said Tuesday.

"Do I think? Yes, I think", he responded. Yet unless you are a devotee of Fox News I shall bet that you are nearly completely ignorant of a news story that came out last Friday.

But Rice's multiple requests to learn the identities of Trump officials discussed in intelligence reports during the transition period does highlight a longstanding concern for civil liberties advocates about USA surveillance programs. Now there is a story that did not make it into the mainstream news.

"Did you know that over a million Americans' phone calls are listened to without a warrant?" he asked Kilmeade. He believed that deception was necessary to pass laws or take actions that he believed were beneficial to the American people.

"The question becomes what does she do with that information once she knew it, rather than did she have the right to ask and did she actually do it", added Shedd, who is now a visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation.

After all we have had a change of administrations in Washington.


The White House and its allies will try hard for that to be so. My guess is that he will not be happy to hear the findings of Fox News that various agents in our intelligence community were listening in on his team's telephone calls.

Do you suspect that the noise over Trump campaign contacts with the Russians is just a political hit arranged by Obama insiders before they left? After all, that is a pretty old-fashioned surveillance technique and the term "tapping" is a bit antiquated. I suggest he get a whole team of lawyers. Unmasking does occur, but it is typically done by intelligence or law-enforcement officials engaged in anti-terror or espionage investigations. Nunes also has the serial numbers of damaging documents that chronicled the reports of this nefarious operation.

The news about Rice also sheds light on the odd behavior of Nunes in the last two weeks.

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. He was stonewalled. Thus when he heard of the material in the White House he knew where to go. Other Republican lawmakers are hoping the Senate Intelligence Committee will force Rice to testify under oath, the Post reported.

"Number one, I would give the House Intelligence Committee a little bit of time", Hoekstra replied. Despite the grave warning, Trump didn't oust Flynn until weeks later, only when the story was reported in the press.

Susan Rice returned to the friendly confines of MSNBC Tuesday to respond to softball questions about the news that the Obama national security adviser had "unmasked" the identity of at least one member of the Trump transition team who was surveilled by US intelligence.

While nothing has been confirmed about the allegation against Ms. Rice, the editorial stressed the disclosure or "Unmasking" of names was "perfectly legal" and had not revealed to date "that anyone on Team Trump said anything improper on those calls". "I don't have a particular recollection of doing that more frequently after the election".

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