President Trump asserted on Wednesday that Susan Rice, former national security adviser to President Obama, committed a crime by unmasking the identities of Trump associates captured in intercepted communications involving his campaign.
In an interview with the New York Times, Trump offered no evidence, yet said, “I think it’s going to be the biggest story. It’s such an important story for our country and the world. It is one of the big stories of our time.”
Trump’s remarks were part of his first public statement regarding the situation since reports pinned responsibility on Rice.
The president did not reveal whether he had reviewed intelligence to support his claim about Rice but said he would explain himself “at the right time.”
When contacted by Reuters, Rice had no immediate comment on Trump’s statements.
Erin Pelton, a spokesman for Rice, said in an email to Reuters later on Wednesday, “I’m not going to dignify the President’s ludicrous charge with a comment.”
It is believed by Trump and his allies that Rice disclosed the names of Trump associates swept up in U.S. surveillance of foreign targets.
In a Tuesday interview with MSNBC, Rice dismissed the reports as “absolutely false.”
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