GOP law­maker asks Ses­sions for ‘un­mask­ing’ probe of Rice

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dan Boy­lan

Repub­li­can law­mak­ers made their first of­fi­cial in­quiry into open­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of re­ports the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser and oth­ers “un­masked” sev­eral Trump cam­paign of­fi­cials swept up in U.S. surveil­lance of for­eign tar­gets dur­ing last year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cam­paign.

“The as­ton­ish­ing re­ports that se­nior White House of­fi­cials in the Obama Ad­min­is­tra­tion, most no­tably thenNa­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Su­san Rice, may have abused their pow­ers of of­fice to vi­o­late the 4th Amendment pro­tec­tions … gives great cause for con­cern,” stated a let­ter Rep. Brian Babin, Texas Repub­li­can, sent to At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions on Wed­nes­day.

Ms. Rice finds her­self em­broiled in al­le­ga­tions that Rus­sia med­dled in the 2016 elec­tion and whether or not the Obama White House leaked what it knew about the Trump cam­paign’s ties to the Krem­lin. Ms. Rice has de­nied charges that her ac­tions were po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated or tied to any scheme to com­pile dirt on the Trump cam­paign.

“Ms. Rice and any oth­ers who may have been in­volved with these ac­tiv­i­ties should be called to ac­count to ex­plain their ac­tions,” Mr. Babin wrote in his let­ter to Jus­tice.

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