According to multiple sources, former national security adviser Susan Rice privately told House investigators that she unmasked the identities of senior Trump officials to find out why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York late last year.
— Marshall Cohen (@Marshall_Cohen) September 13, 2017
The New York meeting preceded a separate effort by the UAE to facilitate a back-channel communication between Russia and the incoming Trump administration, reports Red State Watcher.
The crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, arrived in New York last December during the transition for a meeting with several top Trump officials, including Michael Flynn, the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his top strategist Steve Bannon. The three-hour discussion focused on a range of issues, including Iran, Yemen and the Mideast peace process.
The Obama administration was not informed by the United Arab Emirates that Zayed was coming to the United States, even though it’s customary for foreign dignitaries to notify the US government about their travels.
A senior Middle East official stated that the UAE did not “mislead” the Obama administration about the crown prince’s visit, but acknowledged not telling the US government about it in advance. The official said the meeting was simply an effort to build a relationship with senior members of the Trump team who would be working in the administration to share assessments of the region.
Rice, who served as then-President Obama’s national security adviser in his second term, told the House Intelligence Committee that she requested the names of the Americans mentioned in the classified report be revealed internally, a practice officials in both parties say is common.
Rice’s previously undisclosed revelation in a classified setting was under harsh criticism from the committee chairman, California Rep. Devin Nunes, and President Donald Trump, who previously accused Rice of committing a crime.
Through a spokeswoman, Rice declined to comment about her testimony.
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