Susan Rice, former President Obama's national security adviser, appeared Tuesday on MSNBC to respond to reports that she requested on several occasions the identities of "masked" U.S. persons in intelligence reports linked to President Trump's transition and campaign.
Bloomberg reported on Monday that Rice had sought several times to "unmask" the names of Trump transition team members in the intelligence reports, leading critics to charge that she acted improperly.
Rice said claims that she and other Obama administration officials used intelligence for political purposes were "absolutely false."
She explained that, as national security adviser, she would sometimes request more information about unspecified "U.S. persons" whose names appeared in intelligence briefings.
Other former Obama administration officials have argued Rice's alleged actions are standard practice for senior national security figures, while some have said they were improper and unethical.