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Sen. Lindsey Graham: Rice Has History of Misleading Americans

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By    |   Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 12:20 PM

Former national security adviser Susan Rice has a history of misleading the American public and Congress should look into whether she's doing it again in regards to unmasking names of President Donald Trump's associates, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday.

"Susan Rice misled the American people and appeared on Sunday shows after the Benghazi attack, saying things that were completely false and untrue in terms of political manipulation of national security information," the South Carolina Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" anchor Bill Hemmer.

Graham said he does not know if Rice is telling the truth, but it still should come under investigation.

"If she was involved in unmasking Trump transition figures, was there a reason?" Graham asked. "I'd like to get to the bottom of it."

Bloomberg's Eli Lake reported on Monday that according to officials familiar with the situation, lawyers at the White House discovered in March that Rice had asked for the names of people captured during surveillance in several incidents in connection with Trump's transition and campaign.

Late last month, Rice told PBS that she knew "nothing" about unmasking names of people that came up during surveillence activities. Under federal law, names of Americans that turn up during surveillance of foreign sources must be hidden, or masked, but Rice has been accused of obtaining the names from the Trump transition.

Graham said he has no idea who would have told Rice to get the names, but he knows "what they're capable of doing."

"I thought they manipulated the fact pattern in Benghazi to the benefit of the president [Barack Obama] and tried to mislead the public," Graham said. "I'm not going to prejudge here, but I think every American should know whether the national security adviser to President Obama was involved in unmasking Trump transition figures for political reasons. It should be easy to figure out and we will."

Graham said he also does not know if Rice broke the law, but he suggested speaking with former CIA Director John Brennan and ex-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, as requests would have been made to them.

Graham said he is worried about President Donald Trump's ties with Russia, and about "who's leaking classified information to hurt our country."

But also, he said he's worried "about somebody unmasking information for political purposes. I'm worried about all three."

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Former national security adviser Susan Rice has a history of misleading the American public and Congress should look into whether she's doing it again in regards to unmasking names of President Donald Trump's associates, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday.
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