WH Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany accused former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice of a “lie” in a 2017 interview when Rice said she knew nothing about the Trump transition team being caught up in surveillance of foreign officials.
“She was asked specifically about [Devin] Nunes’ claims,” McEnany told reporters Wednesday. “She said ‘I know nothing about this,’ so that was a lie.”
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“In the last few hours, we’ve been following a disclosure by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, that in essence, during the final days of the Obama administration, during the transition after President Trump had been elected, that he and the people around him may have been caught up in surveillance of foreign individuals and their identities may have been disclosed. Do you know anything about this?” Judy Woodruff asked.
“I know nothing about this,” Susan Rice said at the time. “I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.”
She later stressed that Nunes’ assertion at the time was that the surveillance was “legal and lawful” and that it was a “potentially incidental collection.”
“That means that the target was either a foreign entity or somebody under criminal investigation and that the Americans who were talking to those targets may have been picked up,” Susan Rice explained.
A newly released email appeared to indicate Rice had knowledge of the surveillance that took place that led to the “unmasking” of then-incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn from his communications with the then-Russian ambassador.
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