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Susan Rice Raises Eyebrows Over Past Comments on Trump Team Surveillance

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A resurfaced interview from 2017 of former national security advisor, Susan Rice, denying Trump team surveillance knowledge is raising eyebrows.

During an appearance on PBS’ News Hour in April 2017, anchor Judy Woodruff asked Rice point-blank if she knew anything about the surveillance. 

Rice adamantly denied that she did. However, that claim clashes with a declassified email she sent herself on President Obama’s last day in office.


Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn explains:

“In the last few hours, we’ve been following a disclosure by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, that in essence, during the final days of the Obama administration, during the transition after President Trump had been elected, that he and the people around him may have been caught up in surveillance of foreign individuals and their identities may have been disclosed. Do you know anything about this?” PBS anchor Judy Woodruff asked.

“I know nothing about this,” Rice said at the time. “I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.”

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Rice then pivoted to Trump’s accusation that then-President Barack Obama had “wiretapped” him during the 2016 election, insisting that “nothing of the sort occurred.” She later insisted that “no president, no White House can order the surveillance of another American citizen. That can only come from the Justice Department with the approval of a FISA court.”

She later stressed that Nunes’ assertion at the time was that the surveillance was “legal and lawful” and that it was a “potentially incidental collection.”

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