A review of the surveillance material flagged by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes shows no inappropriate action by Susan Rice or any other Obama administration official, Republican and Democratic Congressional aides who have been briefed on the matter told NBC News.
That contradicts President Donald Trump's claim that Rice, who served as national security adviser, broke the law by asking to see the identities of Trump aides mentioned in transcripts of U.S. surveillance of foreign targets. Those identities may be "unmasked" if they are relevant to understanding the intelligence.
"I saw no evidence of any wrongdoing," said one U.S. official who reviewed the documents, who would not agree to be identified further. "It was all completely normal."
Rice has denied any wrongdoing in the matter, after Nunes claimed names of Trump aides were inappropriately unmasked and circulated in the administration. He later stepped down from the investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election amid ethics accusations.