As national security adviser, Rice could only request that the names of USA persons be unmasked if identifying them was necessary to understanding the value of the intelligence.
Trump said last week that Rice may have committed a crime when asked for the names of his associates that were talked about it in the classified reports.
Congress continues to investigate Trump's initial claim as part of its probe into Russian Federation interference in the presidential election, despite the House intelligence head's assertion that the unmasking has nothing to do with the Kremlin. "Everybody including former directors of Central Intelligence and others, people who are reporting on the matter, CNN most recently, anyone with any credibility on this topic sees right through the charade".
As for Obama national security advisor Susan Rice's alleged requests to unredact names of Trump transition staffers who'd been swept into broader government surveillance - trumpeted by the President as "one of the big stories of our time" - committee members found "absolutely" no smoking gun, a source told the network.
There is still no evidence Rice did anything illegal. That I think don't belong there. If anything, Rogers could have ingratiated himself to Trump and secured his job (which he still holds) by refusing any such requests and then leaking to the media about them.
Here's a report that might bug President Trump. "There were occasions when I would receive a report in which a US person was referred to - name not provided, just a USA person - and sometimes in that context, in order to understand the importance of the report, and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out, or request the information as to who the USA official was", Rice said.More news: Uganda charges, jails academic for insulting the president
Trump told Bartiromo that "nobody" believes that.
Nonetheless, during a Fox Business interview that aired Wednesday morning, Trump was still suggesting some sort of inappropriate surveillance occurred and that Nunes' intelligence reports validated him.
The classified intelligence reports seen by Republicans and Democrats are the same ones House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said on March 21 "incidentally" intercepted the communications of Trump and his transition team during routine foreign surveillance.
A former member of the Trump transition team, Nunes has been accused of colluding with the White House to derail his committee's investigation into Russian Federation by redirecting its focus with unfounded accusations aimed at the Obama administration.
Nunes has been criticized for the way he handled and presented this information-not without reason-as he rushed to the press with it before handing it over to the rest of the intelligence committee. But ranking Democrat Adam Schiff eventually secured the president's permission allowing committee members to view the reports.