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Chaffetz: Rice's Timing on Unmasking Decision 'Suspicious

By    |   Friday, 15 Sep 2017 01:47 PM

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice's decision to unmask the identities of senior Trump officials last year wasn't against the law, but her timing was "suspicious" former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Friday.

"The timing is highly suspicious, the volume and frequency in which they were doing this unmasking," said Chaffetz, now a Fox News contributor, on the "America's Newsroom" program.

"It's the United Arab Emirates, for goodness sakes. It's not like they are an imminent threat to the United States of America. Of course, they're going to come meet with the new leader, the upcoming leader of the free world."

Earlier this week, Rice told House investigators she has unmasked the officials' identities to learn the purpose of a meeting between United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and members of then-President-Elect Donald Trump's transition team, including Michael Flynn, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, and his then-top strategist Steve Bannon, according to CNN, citing unnamed sources.

The meeting took place before a separate effort by the UAE to establish back-channel communications between the incoming president and Russia.

The crown prince arrived for the meeting with the Trump officials in December, reports CNN. According to the sources, the Obama administration felt as if it had been misled by the UAE, as it did not mention Zayed was coming to the United States.

Rice's testimony, said Chaffetz, was a "total denial. We now are hearing about more and more instances where they actually were doing something that requires intelligence type of work that involves Trump Tower."

Chaffetz also discussed Trump's working with Democrats on the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program, saying the president has done some "masterful  wordsmithing here, because building a wall, increasing border security, it does not require these acts of Congress other than appropriating the money."

"If you want to deal with DACA, which the president has signaled he wants to do and a lot of people want to do, without amnesty, debates and Republicans would go nuts if there's a pathway to citizenship," he continued. "If you're going to deal with DACA, let the Senate hash that out. The House can pass the appropriation because for the Constitution they have to originate that and until that get signed into law, hold DACA in place and then I can deal with DACA. If you deal with the opposite order, you will cause a lot of problems."

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Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice's decision to unmask the identities of senior Trump officials last year wasn't against the law, but her timing was "suspicious" former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Friday.
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