White House lawyers last month discovered that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

The pattern of Rice’s requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government’s policy on “unmasking” the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like “U.S. Person One.”

The National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, was conducting the review, according to two U.S. officials who spoke with Bloomberg View on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. In February Cohen-Watnick discovered Rice’s multiple requests to unmask U.S. persons in intelligence reports that related to Trump transition activities. He brought this to the attention of the White House General Counsel’s office, who reviewed more of Rice’s requests and instructed him to end his own research into the unmasking policy.

The intelligence reports were summaries of monitored conversations — primarily between foreign officials discussing the Trump transition, but also in some cases direct contact between members of the Trump team and monitored foreign officials. One U.S. official familiar with the reports said they contained valuable political information on the Trump transition such as whom the Trump team was meeting, the views of Trump associates on foreign policy matters and plans for the incoming administration.

Rice did not respond to an email seeking comment on Monday morning. Her role in requesting the identities of Trump transition officials adds an important element to the dueling investigations surrounding the Trump White House since the president’s inauguration.

Read it all…

See Also:

Unmasking Susan Rice and her NSC dead-enders

FOX: Trump Surveilled Before Nomination, Agencies with Info Blocked Nunes for Weeks

Gingrich: All ‘real evidence’ of Russian influence points to Dems

Newt Gingrich: Six ways Congress can make room for tax cuts that will create more jobs

The Russiagate Scam Will Blow Up In The Democrats’ Smug Faces

U.S. No Longer Disclosing Troop Movements in Muslim Countries, Media Cries Foul

Trump to China: If you don’t solve North Korea, we will

Sisi as key to Arab anti-ISIS pact with Israel

Rand Paul ‘Very Optimistic’ About Repealing Obamacare After Golfing with Trump

Sheriff Clarke: Let States Tackle ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Before Feds

Can CBP Properly Vet 15K New Agents?

Trump Steers into Global Economy Collision Course

Debt Frozen at $19,808,747,000,000—For 15 Days

Trump makes little headway filling out Pentagon jobs

With bad polls for Trump, bring back Kellyanne Conway

Putin seeking meeting with Trump

Kremlin says Trump and Putin could mend tense relations


(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)