A recent report from CNN indicated that both Democratic and Republican congressional sources believe Rice was acting appropriately in her requests.
Former national security adviser Susan Rice did nothing unusual or illegal when she requested information about the identities of USA individuals mentioned in routine intelligence reports targeting foreign nationals and officials, but that doesn't mean that President Donald Trump will stop talking about it.
A Bloomberg report last week revealed Rice had unmasked the names of Trump associates who were swept up in US foreign surveillance.
The contents of those reports were so alarming, the House Intelligence Committee chair brought them to public's attention the next day, even before sharing them with his fellow committee members.
Rice is among the USA officials the House and Senate committees are likely to interview as they review any Russian interference in the 2016 election. Another said there is "absolutely" no conclusive evidence that Rice did anything wrong or illegal. During an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, President Donald Trump commented on the matter and stated, "Does anybody really believe that?" Rice may now be on the long list of witnesses the committees plan to interview.
On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page also was monitored by the FBI after the agency obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant as part of an ongoing investigation into possible links between Russian officials and members of the Trump campaign.
"I think it's going to be the biggest story", Trump said.
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The council is typically responsible for disqualifying the majority of registrants for making it to the final candidates list. Reactions of worry were quick to spread, as Raisi is an influential cleric with a close relationship with Khamenei.
House and Senate Intelligence committees are investigating whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election, and whether the Kremlin might have coordinated with Trump campaign associates in an attempt to help him win.
'It's such an important story for our country and the world.
Asked by the Times if he believed Rice's actions were criminal Trump responded, "Do I think?"
"There were occasions when I would receive a report in which a USA person was referred to - name not provided, just a United States person - and sometimes in that context, in order to understand the importance of the report, and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out, or request the information as to who the U.S. official was", Rice said.
The House Ethics Committee is investigating whether or not the chairman improperly disclosed classified information when he announced the existence of the foreign intercepts during an impromptu press conference last month. That came from USA officials who spoke to Eli Lake, although Trump himself seems sufficiently convinced that she was involved somehow to have suggested publicly that she might be guilty of a crime.