Trump tells newspaper Obama aide might have broken the law

"Yes, I think." The president did not specify what law he thinks Rice may have broken.

Information for this article was contributed by Peter Baker and Matthew Rosenberg of The New York Times.

"I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled", Trump told the Times in an Oval Office interview. "It is such an important story for our country and the world. It is one of the big stories of our time", Trump added. Ultimately, she said no evidence of collusion between Russian officials and Trump associates was found, and that finding was shared by the intelligence community in a report at the end of Obama's term. What makes matters worse is that Rice is said to have disseminated or overseen the dissemination of the unmasked intelligence information throughout the government, which has reportedly been the source of leaks that have been created to undermine President Trump and his administration.

When asked if Rice had committed a crime, Trump said: "do I think?" Rice on Tuesday did not deny that she requested the unmasking of identities, but said she would not have done so for political reasons. "And never have and never would". "We can't let political partisans search through databases".

Trump himself said Wednesday that he believes Rice may have committed a crime.

The probe followed revelations that Russian hackers broke into the computer network of the Democratic National Committee, a hack US officials and cybersecurity experts have publicly tied to Russian intelligence services.

Moreover, she and her partisans insist, seeking and achieving this "unmasking" (from either the director of the National Security Agency or the FBI) was entirely within her legal right as national-security adviser.


"Nothing in this story indicates anything improper". Stolen emails to and from top Democratic Party officials, including then-DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, were released to the public last summer on the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks, followed in the fall by the hacked messages of John Podesta, the campaign chairman of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice reportedly requested the unmasking of Trump associates in raw intelligence reports.

If there is one operative rule in Washington's left-right paradigm, it is to shift the focus of any conversation that seems at risk of revealing something approximating truth - a game at which the current administration and its media surrogates happen to excel. "They often overlap with a criminal offense, but they are not the same thing as a criminal offense".

Trump also suggested other officials in former President Barack Obama's administration may also have been involved, but provided no evidence to back his claims.

None of this, as far as anyone can legitimately tell so far, actually has anything with KremlinGate itself.

Democrats on Capitol Hill blasted Trump. But the president typically enjoys immunity from civil lawsuits over official acts, Culhane noted, and a court could find that Trump's interview with the newspaper was within the scope of his official duties. But the investigations are continuing and will continue, perhaps for months.

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