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Cillizza: Trump just keeps creating smokescreens to mask his Russian Federation problem

05 April 2017, 02:15 | Elizabeth Houston

Cillizza: Trump just keeps creating smokescreens to mask his Russian Federation problem

Cillizza: Trump just keeps creating smokescreens to mask his Russian Federation problem

Citing anonymous "U.S. officials familiar with the matter", Lake reported Monday that the former national security adviser "requested the identities of US persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign". Even Nunes, who has emerged as a defender of the president's concerns about having been improperly surveilled, has publicly stated on more than one occasion that the targeted surveillance and the incidental collection appear to have been legally conducted. "I was surprised to see reports from [House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes] on that count today".

So when that occurred, what I would do, or what any official would do, is to ask their briefer whether the intelligence committee would go through its process, and there's a long-standing established process, to decide whether that information as to who the identity of the US person was could be provided to me.

"Those leaks have produced a nagging political sore for the new administration - leading to the ouster of national security adviser Michael Flynn, helping to drive down President Trump's approval ratings and making it harder for him to push his program through". In order to protect the privacy rights of those US persons, the government has imposed procedures for "minimizing" or "masking" those persons' identities.

But government documents, released following a Judicial Watch lawsuit, reveal that government officials monitoring the attack in real-time did not cite an anti-Islam video as an explanation for the paramilitary attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Rice confirmed that she requested the demasking of Americans while she was National Security Adviser.

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation, that Rice should "testify under oath" for her involvement in trying to exposing Trump associates, as their names appeared in raw intelligence reports collected by USA intelligence operations. "The intelligence community made the determination as to whether or not the identity of that American individual could be provided to me".

Ms. Rice received summaries of US eavesdropping either when foreign officials were discussing the Trump team, or when foreign officials were conversing with a Trump transition member.

Trump's phones being tapped - and that order coming from the commander in chief - is simply not the same thing as the national security adviser asking for the names of Trump transition aides in contact with Russian intelligence officials. Trump launched the first salvo last month when he tweeted that Obama had wiretapped his NY skyscraper, an explosive allegation that senior intelligence and law enforcement officials have denied. "We can't be passive consumers of this information and do our jobs effectively to protect the American people". And the fact is that this latest unmasking episode is a smokescreen to distract from the broader issue - which is that the President of the United States made a completely unfounded and very serious allegation against his immediate predecessor. I was shocked. I think many people were.



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