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‘Absolutely False’: Susan Rice Denies Allegations of Political Unmasking Trump Staffers

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice gave an interview on MSNBC, Tuesday, where she said the reports that she unmasked President Trump‘s officials “for political purposes” were “absolutely false.”

In a conversation with Andrea Mitchell, Rice reacted to claims that she requested the unmasking of Trump campaign officials who spoke to Russian officials under surveillance. Rice stated that the surveillance required the naming of any U.S. officials who spoke with these foreign figures, and that the intelligence community had to approve of unmasking requests whenever an investigation needs proper “context.”

“I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would,” Rice insisted.

Rice also said that it’s the job of officials to try to understand the intelligence reports they’re given, and she insisted that there was “no equivalence between so called unmasking and leaking.” Rice went on to deny reports like those from The Daily Caller, which allege that she requested a spreadsheet listing the names and phone calls of officials associated with Trump.

“The effort to ask for the identify of the American citizen is necessary to understand the importance of an intelligence report in some circumstances,” Rice said.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

UPDATE –– 5:44 pm ET: Rice tweeted out hours later that the comments she made on PBS Newshour about what Devin Nunes had revealed were misconstrued:

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