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Susan Rice No Longer Expected To Testify On ‘Unmasking’ Trump Campaign Staff

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Susan Rice No Longer Expected To Testify On ‘Unmasking’ Trump Campaign Staff

Excerpted From The Washington Free Beacon: Susan Rice, former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, is no longer expected to testify Tuesday in a closed-door hearing before the House Intelligence Committee on allegations that she requested the identities of “masked” U.S. persons in intelligence reports linked to President Donald Trump’s transition and campaign.

Rice was planning to appear before the committee on Tuesday to discuss her role in asking intelligence officials to unmask Trump associates, but the hearing has apparently been postponed, Fox News reported Monday.

The House Intelligence Committee is leading one of several investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The investigations aim to produce clarity on what precisely Russia did to interfere in the election and whether any Trump associates colluded with the Kremlin to defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Rice was expected to be asked tough questions on whether she requested the unmasking of Trump associates whose identities were anonymous in intelligence documents. The documents were based on electronic eavesdropping of foreigners, and the conversations of the individuals in the U.S. were collected incidentally.

According to press reports from earlier this year, Rice requested the masked identities on several occasions. Critics have said that the Obama administration sought to use intelligence to hurt Trump, a charge that Rice ardently denied.

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (R.) told Fox News last week that he wants Rice to answer one basic question: “Did you unmask the names, and if so why?”

On March 22, Rice told PBS she “knew nothing” about the unmasking of Trump associates.

After reports came out about the unmasking, she denied any wrongdoing in April.

“The allegation is that somehow the Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes. That’s absolutely false,” Rice told MSNBC.

Among the names reportedly unmasked was Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser who resigned in February after he misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. Keep reading