Names should be blacked out and masked, says the NY lawmaker who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, but in this case it appears that some of those names Rice asked to be revealed were names of Trump Transition personnel, he says.
He declined to say if he had personally reviewed new intelligence to bolster his claim but pledged to explain himself "at the right time".
According to five us intelligence officials, Rice followed standard procedure in requesting the National Security Agency to reveal to her the names of American citizens who had been in contact with Russians whose communications were monitored by USA intelligence.
And as President Barack Obama's national security adviser, there could very well have been legitimate reasons for her to ask to unmask individuals in these intelligence reports, which are part of her job.
The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes of California, revealed last month that Trump and his campaign aides might have been swept up in US surveillance of foreign targets during the presidential election. More than Hillary Clinton's, it was her post-Benghazi comments that gave the Obama administration major headaches, given Rice said the attack appeared to result from spontaneous protests due to an anti-Islam video.
"I leaked nothing to nobody, never had, never would", Rice told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.
Nunes has apologized for the way he presented his information, but that hasn't stopped Democratic and Republican leaders alike from questioning his ability to oversee a fair investigation of the Russian Federation matter.
Rice has denied any impropriety.
"I think it's going to be the biggest story", the president said.
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Rice's inquiry reportedly preceded a list of names getting passed up the ladder of the U.S. intelligence community. The rules specify that in most cases a "generic term", such as "U.S. Person 1" is used, instead of the actual name. Unmasking is not leaking, and as our own Karen DeYoung notes, Rice couldn't have names unmasked without permission from the relevant intelligence agency - a system in place to prevent political abuses.
"I have the greatest amount of sympathy, I can't see those pictures, it's heartrending to see those pictures", he said.
Graham is the chairman of a Senate subcommittee that oversees the counterintelligence division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the potential ties between Trump's camp and Russian Federation.
President Trump took Nunes's findings as vindication of his allegations that President Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower during the campaign, a claim that FBI Director James Comey and others said they have no evidence to support.
She didn't "leak", she only "unmasked".
A Senate Intelligence Committee source said the upper chamber had the same experience. This official and two other intelligence officials said the NSA often receives dozens of such requests in a month.
Not necessarily. Intelligence agency lawyers would need to sign off on such a request.