Burr: Nunes 'created' unmasking allegations against Rice

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 22, 2017

Former national security adviser Susan Rice met privately Friday with Senate Intelligence Committee staffers, Fox News has learned - in one of several Capitol Hill sessions involving Obama administration officials.

It is not the first time Nunes would have bypassed his fellow committee members: Nunes stepped aside from the Russian Federation investigation in early April after going around the committee and briefing the president directly on classified intelligence that he said showed that Trump and his transition team had been "incidentally" surveilled after the election.

"The unmasking thing was all created by Devin Nunes, and I'll wait to go through our full evaluation to see if there was anything improper that happened", he said.

"Ambassador Rice met voluntarily with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today as part of the committee's bipartisan investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election", Erin Pelton, a spokesperson for Rice, said. But clearly there were individuals unmasked. "Ambassador Rice appreciates the Committee's efforts to examine Russia's efforts to interfere, which violated one of the core foundations of American democracy". "Some of that became public which it's not supposed to, and our business is to understand that, and explain it".

Speaking to CNN after Rice was interviewed by the panel in closed session, Burr said he asked no questions about whether she improperly requested and revealed the identities of US individuals swept up in intelligence reports-an accusation Nunes has made repeatedly.

Pro-Trump supporters and some House Republicans believe Rice revealed the identities of Trump associates and other people collected in intelligence gathering sweeps, accusations she denies.

"That's the obvious motive", the aide said.

The Senate Intelligence Committee will also interview Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and a top White House adviser, on Monday behind closed doors.

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