Rice, who served as former President Barack Obama's national security adviser during his second term, unmasked the identities of individuals on then-candidate Trump's campaign team, in order to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was in NY last December, she told CNN Wednesday.
"I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today", Rice said.
The crown prince had met with Trump officials including the president's ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and another now-former White House official, Steve Bannon, sources told CNN.
President Donald Trump on Thursday called out Obama administration National Security Advisor Susan Rice for reportedly admitting to unmasking now-senior officials in his administration, condemning her actions as "wrong" and the "tip of the iceberg". "We've been saying that".
In an April interview with NPR, Rice said she had no idea what House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) was talking about when he claimed that some Trump officials had been caught-up in the surveillance of foreign officials.
Rice's justification-feeling misled-was nowhere near a hypothetical scenario Rice laid out for a reason to unmask during an MSNBC interview on April 4. This sparked Ms. Rice's inquiries into intelligence reports of the meeting and who was there. "She did a good job".
Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican and former prosecutor, agreed that Ms. Rice had not engaged in improper unmasking or leaking of names.
"There are some who will continue to push unmasking", Mr. Schiff said.
Investigators close to the unmasking issue vowed that the fight would continue. The three-hour discussion focused on a range of issues, including Iran, Yemen and the Mideast peace process, according to two sources who insisted that opening up a back-channel with Russian Federation was not a topic of discussion.
The Trump Tower meeting, the official said, was simply about building a relationship with the incoming administration.
That issue reportedly came up a month later in a secret meeting in the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean when the UAE did broker a meeting to open lines of communications with the United States and Russian Federation. That meeting is now under investigation on Capitol Hill, though it's unclear whether Rice mentioned the Seychelles meeting in the testimony.