Susan Rice, former President Barack Obama’s national security advisor, met Friday with the Senate Intelligence Committee for a private interview as part of the panel’s investigation into Russian election interference.
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Rice has strongly denied wrongdoing.
Pelton said Russia’s attempted meddling in the election “violated one of the core foundations of American democracy”.
Earlier this year Ms. Rice strongly denied accusations from the Trump administration and House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes that she “unmasked” or illegally identified – Trump campaign and transition aides caught up in USA intelligence intercepts of Russian interference during and after last year’s presidential election.
On Monday, committee members are scheduled to privately interview President Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, who will likely face intense questions regarding numerous meetings he held with Russian officials during and after last year’s campaign.
Senate intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, told CNN this week that Obama and Trump officials both are on the witness list.
Russian officials have repeatedly denied having meant to or interfere in the USA election and domestic affairs.
She had previously been expected to also publicly testify before the House Intelligence Committee on the unmasking, but that testimony has been postponed.
“The unmasking thing was all created by Devin Nunes, and I’ll wait to go through our full evaluation to see if there was anything improper that happened”, he said. “But clearly there were individuals unmasked”. Articles featured include reporting on world news, politics, finance, health, entertainment and technology.