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Mike Lee: 'I Don't Know What Susan Rice Did or Didn't Do'

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By    |   Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 12:16 PM

Republican Sen. Mike Lee said Wednesday until he sees evidence not to believe former national security adviser Susan Rice, he's essentially not going to directly address allegations that she may have helped the government spy on American citizens.

"I have no idea what she did. Those facts are being investigated. I've made this clear in every interview I've done," the Utah lawmaker told CNN's Chris Cuomo during an interview that got a bit testy.

Cuomo then argued that Breitbart is using Lee as its "poster boy" for making the point that government surveillance on American citizens for political reasons happens more than people know. 

"I'll tell you what I told [Breitbart], which is that I don't know what happened in this particular instance. I don't know what Susan Rice did or didn't do," Lee said. "I know that's under investigation, and I'm going to watch that very closely, because I really do want to know that.

"What I've said to Breitbart is what I've said to every other media outlet that's asked me about that."

Lee did warn, however, that the situation is approaching "big brother" status.

"This is a 'big brother' type of problem that we have to watch out for. If we're not careful, if we don't carefully constrain the limits of the power [and] those who have access to this technology, this is gonna really take us in a really strange direction," he said.

Rice said Monday she did ask for the names of American citizens to be unmasked for intelligence gathering purposes during her time in the White House, adding that it was part of her job.

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Republican Sen. Mike Lee said Wednesday until he sees evidence not to believe former national security adviser Susan Rice, he's essentially not going to directly address allegations that she may have helped the government spy on American citizens.
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