The former national security adviser to President Barack Obama broke her silence on Tuesday regarding reports of unmasking the identities of Trump colleagues caught on incidental surveillance.
Susan E. Rice spoke with MSNBC, where she denied doing anything but her job and that she was innocent of any wrongdoing.
Rice told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that she was sometimes asked for the identities of Americans which had previously been redacted; however, she added her job was never used for any political gain.
“I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would,” Rice told MSNBC.
Much of this accusation stemmed from Republicans using Rice to shift national attention. President Trump retweeted a story on Monday from the Drudge Report called “Rice Ordered Spy Docs on Trump?”
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) attempted to suggest that when matters of foreign policy went awry, Rice was not far away.
“Susan Rice is the Typhoid Mary of the Obama administration foreign policy,” Mr. Cotton said on the Hugh Hewitt radio show. “Every time something went wrong, she seemed to turn up in the middle of it.”
However, many are viewing this as a major pivot from the Republican Party, which has recently had to deny claims that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian intelligence. In fact, many Democrats see this as another opportunity to try to prove that Obama and his team ordered surveillance against Trump and his campaign.
While the intelligence agencies get to the bottom of these allegations, many urge them to not ease up on the investigation into Trump and any collusion with Russia.
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