GOP lawmaker asks Sessions for ‘unmasking’ probe of Rice
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.