McConnell: Anything related to Susan Rice 'will be handled by the Intelligence Committee'

McConnell: Anything related to Susan Rice 'will be handled by the Intelligence Committee'
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA —Biden unveils health care plan | Proposal pitches subsidies, public option | Biden vows if you like your health insurance, 'you can keep it' | Sanders protests planned Philadelphia hospital closure MORE (R-Ky.) said late Tuesday that any investigation into the allegations made against former national security adviser Susan Rice will be handled by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"I have asked the Intelligence Committee — Sen. [Richard] Burr [R-N.C.], Sen. [Mark] Warner [D-Va.] — to conduct a bipartisan investigation of this whole episode," McConnell said during a Fox News interview when asked whether he thinks Rice should testify.

"They will conduct it. Hopefully at the end we will find out what happened, and they will issue a report, I hope, on a bipartisan basis."

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McConnell said anything related to Rice "or any of these other suggestions will be handled by the Intelligence Committee."

"We look forward to receiving their report about what happened," he added.

Rice on Tuesday rejected allegations that the Obama White House inappropriately spied on — and exposed — President Trump or members of his transition team following the collection of information gathered during surveillance of foreign entities.
 
She said requests for Americans' identities in raw intelligence reports were "not uncommon" and "absolutely not for any political purpose, to spy, expose, anything."

“The allegation is that somehow, Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes,” she said. “That’s absolutely false.”