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Sen. Paul: Rice Should Testify Under Oath Amid Allegations

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Former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

By    |   Monday, 03 Apr 2017 07:39 PM

Former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice should be grilled under oath about her reported requests to "unmask" Donald Trump associates contained in intelligence reports, according to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

The Kentucky senator called the unmasking of Americans an "enormous deal," The Hill reported.

"I don't think we should discount how big a deal it was that Susan Rice was looking at these, and she needs to be asked, did President [Barack] Obama ask her to do this?" Paul said Monday, per The Hill. "Was this a directive from President Obama?"

"Is there a possibility that Susan Rice was politically motivated? Let's ask her why she was opening up all of the conversations with Trump transition figures," he added, saying the testimony should be "under oath on this."

"I think she should be asked under oath, did she reveal it to The Washington Post," Paul added, referring to the newspaper that first reported on the unmasking requests. "I think they were illegally basically using an espionage tool to eavesdrop or wiretap — if you want to use the word generally — on the Trump campaign."

The explosive new report comes in the wake of the assertion by the House Intelligence Committee's chair, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., that information was incidentally collected on Trump transition members in foreign surveillance activities and widely disseminated in the intelligence community.

Nunes said he was particularly concerned with the possibility Trump associates were "unmasked" in the intelligence reports.

"I have been very impressed with Devin Nunes," Paul said, per The Hill. "All of the intelligence hawks don't like him because he appears to have found something, and he's willing to talk about it with the president."

Paul said the incidental collection on Americans without a warrant "is inappropriate, and it should be illegal."

"I don't think you should be allowed to listen to Americans' conversations without a warrant," he said, per The Hill. "They are doing it without a warrant. They are targeting a foreigner, and because they are targeting a foreigner, they are gathering all of this information on Americans."

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