Classified docs show Susan Rice’s actions were ‘normal and appropriate’—Nunes and Trump lied

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Donald Trump’s insane interview with Fox Business News continues to press the idea that the Obama administration conducted improper surveillance of his campaign:

TRUMP:  Well, I’m going to let you figure that one out. But it’s so obvious. When you look at Susan Rice and what’s going on, and so many people are coming up to me and apologizing now. They’re saying you know, you were right when you said that.

Who are these people who are always “coming up to” Trump to tell him how right he is about things? In this case, they don’t seem to be congressmen, senators, intelligence officials, or anyone who has actually looked at the documents that set off the Devin Nunes circular briefing system.

After a review of the same intelligence reports brought to light by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and aides have so far found no evidence that Obama administration officials did anything unusual or illegal, multiple sources in both parties tell CNN.

In fact, what the people who have looked at these documents in detail have determined is that, far from having the set-your-hair-on-fire-and-run-screaming import that Nunes implied, they show a White House doing exactly what it should do.

Their private assessment contradicts President Donald Trump’s allegations that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice broke the law by requesting the “unmasking” of US individuals’ identities. Trump had claimed the matter was a “massive story.” …

One congressional intelligence source described the requests made by Rice as “normal and appropriate” for officials who serve in that role to the president.

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