[Ed. – Based on the report here, it looks like Rice sought to know the identities of U.S. persons who met with a visiting UAE prince. The persons turned out to be Trump officials, according to her. That’s not the same thing as targeting Trump officials for sneaky unmasking. So I wouldn’t get too jacked up over this revelation. It doesn’t mean Rice never targeted Trump aides for unmasking. It just means that in this case, that’s apparently not what she was doing.]
Last December, the crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, met with three transition team members in Trump Tower: Michael Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser; the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and chief strategist Stephen Bannon, multiple sources told CNN.
The UAE failed to inform the Obama administration that Zayed was coming to the United States, a contravention of typical diplomatic courtesy that left the Obama White House concerned it had been misled.
Rice told House Intelligence Committee investigators that she requested to know the names of the Americans mentioned in the classified report of the crown prince’s visit — a practice known as “unmasking” that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle say is common.
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