Susan Rice met with Senate Intelligence Committee as part of Russia probe
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Susan Rice met privately with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators on Friday as part of the panel's investigation into Russia's election interference.

A spokesperson for Rice confirmed the closed-door meeting, saying the former Obama administration national security adviser "met voluntarily" with the committee as part of its ongoing probe.

"Ambassador Rice appreciates the committee’s efforts to examine Russia’s efforts to interfere," said Erin Pelton, a spokeswoman for Rice. "She was pleased to cooperate with the investigation given its extraordinary national significance."

Pelton said Russia's attempted meddling in the election "violated one of the core foundations of American democracy."


Spokeswomen for Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrTexas Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announces retirement at end of term On The Money — IRS chief calls for reinforcements Burr brother-in-law ordered to testify in insider trading probe MORE (R-N.C.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerFive Senate Democrats reportedly opposed to Biden banking nominee The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — US mulls Afghan evacuees' future MORE (D-Va.) — who routinely don't comment on the committee's closed-door deliberations — declined to confirm the meeting, which was first reported by CNN.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is probing Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, as well as any potential contacts between President Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Rice has come under fire by House Republicans and the Trump administration, who accused her of improperly revealing the identities of American citizens caught up in incidental surveillance during probes into Russian meddling in the election. The criticism alleges Rice was part of an effort to implicate members of the Trump campaign.

Rice has strongly denied wrongdoing. She told CNN earlier this year that she never did "anything that was untoward" with intelligence that she received.

Burr has indicated that the committee's investigation will include meeting with both Obama and Trump administration officials.

James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, met with committee staff this week.

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, is expected to meet with the committee next week.