Congressional Intelligence Committee Grills Susan Rice
Former US President Barack Husein Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice answered questions from members of Congress behind closed doors Wednesday about unmasking of Donald Trump campaign members.
Ms. Rice met for 3 hours with the House Intelligence Committee,
Committee members ignored reporters’ questions afterward.
Ms. Rice was called before the panel partly to answer questions from Republicans about her role in “unmasking” of members of President Donald Trump’s campaign
Some lawmakers have raised concerns unmasking requests might have been politically motivated. Ms. Rice, as national security adviser, had authority to request the names of Americans be revealed.
Both she and her deputy Ben Rhodes requested names be unredacted from documents about President Trump team members’ meetings with Russian officials as part of the investigation into Russian attempts to influence the election.
“Ambassador Rice remains fully supportive of bipartisan efforts to determine the extent and scope of Russia’s outrageous efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, which violated one of the core foundations of American democracy,” Erin Pelton, a spokeswoman for Ms. Rice said. “Ambassador Rice appreciates the House and Senate Committees efforts and was pleased again to cooperate with the investigations given their extraordinary national significance.”