Susan Rice Tells House Investigators Why She Unmasked Trump Officials

Susan Rice Tells House Investigators Why She Unmasked Trump Officials

She wanted "to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in NY a year ago".

The UAE sheikh's meeting came before a separate effort by the influential Arabian Gulf country to open up a back-channel line of communication between Russian Federation and the incoming Trump White House.

As it turns out, Zayed was in town to attend a meeting between former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon.

CNN sources confirmed that, since the UAE failed to inform the government that Zayed would be coming, as was standard procedure when dignitaries visit, the Obama Administration felt misled.

In an April interview with NPR, Rice said she had no idea what House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) was talking about when he claimed that some Trump officials had been caught-up in the surveillance of foreign officials.

After month's of dodging, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice has finally come clean about why she ordered the unmasking of certain Trump transition team members.

Nunes was a member of the executive committee on Trump's transition team.

"She's not supposed to be doing that, and what she did was wrong", Mr. Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One while returning from a tour of Hurricane Irma damage in Florida.

Rice declined to comment to CNN about her testimony, while the crown prince's spokesperson also wouldn't speak on the record.

According to the CNN report, the group was meeting about Iran, Yemen and Middle East peace. Capitol Hill investigators are now scrutinizing the meeting.

A senior Middle East official told CNN that the UAE did not "mislead" the Obama administration about the crown prince's visit, but acknowledged not telling the USA government about it in advance.

Rice was asked by PBS Newshour's Judy Woodruff on March 22 about allegations that Trump transition officials were swept up in surveillance of foreigners at the end of the Obama administration.

'The meeting was about ascertaining the Trump team's view of the region and sharing the UAE's view of the region and what the U.S. role should be, ' the official told CNN.

The non-disclosure, which is customary, sparked interest in the meeting.

The alleged back-channel meeting set up by the UAE was at the Seychelles Island between Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, whose sister is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and an "associate of Vladimir Putin". The goal of the meeting was part of an effort by the UAE to persuade Russian Federation to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, according to the Post.

"I know nothing about this".

As The Federalist points out, Rice's declared ignorance is at odds with sources who say she knew exactly why the officials were under surveillance and subsequently unmasked. Simply unmasking the names of individuals in classified reports does not mean that their identities will be revealed publicly, and Rice denied to the committee that she leaked classified information to the press, sources familiar with the matter said.

"Susan Rice knew and presumably President [Barack] Obama knew that President-Elect Trump and his people were being surveilled in Trump Tower in the era before he was the president of the United States".

The effort was to create a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Trump.

"The meeting was about ascertaining the Trump team's view of the region and sharing the UAE's view of the region and what the United States role should be", a Middle East official told CNN. They are captured "incidentally" while intelligence services investigate transmissions to or from foreign parties.

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