Former national-security adviser Susan Rice on Tuesday said she didn’t use intelligence for political purposes, a day after a report embraced by the Trump administration that the Obama White House had deliberately “unmasked” the identities of individuals who were not the targets of electronic surveillance.
Rice, however, did not deny the report from Bloomberg View that she was the one who requested information.
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“Absolutely not for any political purposes, to spy, expose, anything,” Rice said in an interview on MSNBC. She said she only used classified information for national-security purposes.
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Asked whether she’d leaked information about former Trump national-security adviser Michael Flynn, Rice replied: “I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would.” Flynn resigned after it was learned he’d given Vice President Mike Pence inaccurate information about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
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In a March interview with PBS, Rice said she “knew nothing” about a claim made by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes that the Obama administration legally surveilled the Trump transition team.
President Trump on Tuesday tweeted out a story from the Daily Caller alleging Rice wanted detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone calls with unmasked Trump associates. Rice denied that she had a spreadsheet, saying, “There was nothing of the sort.”