Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice could be in more trouble over the “unmasking” scandal after a former federal attorney stated that she asked for “detailed spreadsheets” on phone calls made by individuals affiliated with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
The phone calls she focused on, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova, were entirely legal.
“What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone calls with unmasked Trump associates in perfectly legal conversations with individuals,” diGenova told The Daily Caller on Monday.
“The overheard conversations involved no illegal activity by anybody of the Trump associates, or anyone they were speaking with,” he continued. “In short, the only apparent illegal activity was the unmasking of the people in the calls.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported that the behavior was occurring long before Americans went to the polls in November.
“Other official sources with direct knowledge and who requested anonymity confirmed to TheDCNF diGenova’s description of surveillance reports Rice ordered one year before the 2016 presidential election,” The Daily Caller reported.
On the same day this revelation came, an article in Bloomberg revealed that Rice had “requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign.”
Rice told NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday that she had not “prepared” spreadsheets of calls involving Trump or anyone associated with him. She didn’t say, however, whether she ordered them, which was diGenova’s accusation.
Later Tuesday, diGenova told The Daily Caller that Rice’s statement “would come as quite a surprise to the government officials who have reviewed dozens of those spreadsheets.”
It is clear that Rice is in trouble.