Susan Rice Admits Unmasking Trump Team After Denying Knowing Anything

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Susan Rice admitted to lawmakers last week that she unmasked Trump transition team officials even though earlier this year she denied knowing anything about it. Rice was asked by PBS Newshour‘s Judy Woodruff on March 22 about allegations that Trump transition officials were swept up in surveillance of foreigners at the end of the Obama administration. “I know nothing about this,” Rice had said at the time. However, last week, she told the House intelligence committee that she had unmasked Trump transition team members in order to understand why the Emrati crown prince was visiting New York late last year, according to a CNN report. She said the Obama administration “felt misled” by the United Arab Emirates, who had not mentioned that the crown prince was visiting the country. Rice’s admission also showed that Trump transition team members were indeed caught up in surveillance of a foreign target, confirming President Trump’s suspicions that his transition team was being surveilled. The foreign target in this case was apparently the Emiratis, who call themselves “close friends and strong allies” with the U.S. on its Washington, D.C., website. Rice’s justification—feeling misled—was nowhere near a hypothetical scenario Rice laid out for a reason to
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White House Says Trump ‘Was Right’ in Firing James Comey, Citing ‘New Information’

Former FBI director James Comey testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The White House defended President Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, citing “new information” since he was fired. “I think that that has been shown in the days that followed that the president was right in firing Director Comey. Since the director’s firing, we’ve learned new information about his conduct that only provided further justification for that firing,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a press briefing on Monday. Sanders said that conduct included “giving false testimony,” leaking privileged information to journalists, and going outside the chain of command and politicizing an investigation into a presidential candidate. After he was fired in May, Comey testified that he had created memos detailing his conversations with Trump and given copies to at least one friend so that he could leak them to journalists. “I think the president’s been very clear about his position on that front. He’s very pleased with the new director and has full confidence in him to fully restore and lead the FBI,” Sanders added. When asked whether Comey perjured himself in front of Congress or misled Congress, Sanders replied, “I think that’s something for the [Department of Justice] to look at, not me. I’m not
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