Former national security adviser Susan Rice told MSNBC on Tuesday that allegations she "unmasked" associates of Donald Trump for political reasons while she served in the Obama administration were "absolutely false."
Bloomberg and Fox on Monday reported that Rice had tried to unmask, or learn the identities of, officials on Trump's transition team whose conversations with foreign agents — or conversations those agents were having about the transition officials — were incidentally collected during routine intelligence-gathering operations. The Daily Caller then reported that Rice had created a "spreadsheet" with the names she had unmasked.
"The allegation is that somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes," Rice told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. "That's absolutely false.
"I was the National Security Adviser. My job is to protect the American people and the security of our country. That's the same as the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the CIA director.
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