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Trump tells newspaper Obama aide might have broken the law

Amazingly, however, the American media is now generally quite uninterested in asking a similar question today, a question related to the revelation that President Barack Obama's national security advisor, Susan Rice (shown in center), asked for the "unmasking" of members of the Trump Transition Team who were surveilled by USA government intelligence.

Trump made the accusation in an interview with The New York Times and did not provide evidence.

"This Russian connection just keeps building, and every time it builds and expands, you have to wonder if Trump himself isn't anxious about what's swirling around under the covers", said MSNBC's Chris Matthews. "I think it's going to be the biggest story", Trump told The New York Times. For the next several days, instead of investigating the president's serious claim, they mocked, ridiculed and bashed the president. In an exclusive interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Monday, April 4, Rice flatly denied allegations she tried to "unmask" Trump campaign officials caught on surveillance by US intelligence services with ill intent.

"Absolutely false. The intelligence community, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has made that very clear", she said. "That's absolutely false." She added that she had nothing to do with leaking information about such intelligence collection, which has fueled the KremlinGate story and led to Michael Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser, to resign.

"So who's right - Trump and his allies, or Rice?"

Rice is responsible for unmasking the identities of multiple Trump presidential campaign and transition team officials caught up in intelligence data gathered by USA agencies, according to Eli Lake of Bloomberg, citing unnamed US officials. When Americans are swept up in surveillance of foreign officials by intelligence agencies, their identities are supposed to be obscured, but they can be revealed for national security reasons, and intelligence officials say it is a regular occurrence.

Flynn's identity in transcripts of surveilled calls would likely not have been masked because as the national security adviser-designate, he would have been considered a high-level official who would not given the presumption of privacy.

"This is information about their everyday lives", Rep. Peter King of NY, a member of the House Intelligence committee said.

"We know the president of the United States has no facts, no facts to back up his startling allegation that the former president of the United States, President Obama, wiretapped him at Trump Tower during the campaign", Cooper said on March 16. Eli Lake of Bloomberg reported the foreign officials being monitored were discussing "valuable political information" that required the identity of the people they were speaking to, or about, to be uncovered.

Nunes also said he confirmed that "additional names of Trump transition team members were unmasked". As Lake himself wrote: "The standard for senior officials to learn the names of US persons incidentally collected is that it must have some foreign intelligence value, a standard that can apply to nearly anything". According to Housley, "The names were part of incidental electronic surveillance of candidate and President-elect Trump and people close to him, including family members, for up to a year before he took office". She never got around to noting that Rice was saying something diametrically at odds to her prior statement on this very controversy.

Now, in a friendly interview with NBC's Andrea Mitchell, she denies unmasking anyone's identity "for any political purposes" - which basically confirms that her claim to know nothing about unmasking was far from true.

However, the probe into Russia's interference in the election is ongoing and the subject of two congressional investigations.

Well, Democrats have been desperately, hysterically even, seeking another Watergate since the shock surprise Trump election and now, it appears they may have found it.

The next day, over at ABC, Martha Raddatz pretended to interview White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. There is no evidence she did anything illegal or illicit, as such requests are well within the purview of her previous position. He told the Times he would say more "at the right time". Nunes has since said he was unsure whether associates of Trump participated in the intercepted communications or whether those persons were simply mentioned or referred to by others.

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