Former national security adviser Susan Rice revealed to House investigators she was curious about why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York in December 2016 and as a result, unmasked the identities of senior Trump officials.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the crown prince, met with Trump officials including former national security adviser Mike Flynn; President Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner; and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
The crown prince arrived in New York shortly before Trump was sworn into office, but failed to notify the Obama administration of his visit. This is a standard practice for foreign dignitaries to alert the U.S. government of their travels.
As a result, Rice revealed to the House Intelligence Committee last week she requested those Americans mentioned in the classified report be disclosed internally, a relatively common practice by bipartisan accounts, according to a CNN report.
Though this action elicited criticism from Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who heads the committee, and Trump, who claimed Rice had committed a crime, some Republicans on the committee stated they were content with her answers.
"I didn't hear anything to believe that she did anything illegal," Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., told CNN. He did not address any of her classified remarks.
"She was a good witness, answered all our questions," Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, told CNN. "I'm not aware of any reason to bring her back."
Rooney and Conaway are both working on the panel's Russia probe.
Democrats on the committee also seemed satisfied with Rice's testimony.
"I think people were very satisfied with her testimony," Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told CNN. "I can certainly express my own view that I've seen no indication that she did anything wrong."
Although Rice requested the identities be revealed internally, she told the committee she did not disclose any classified information to the press.
Sources confirmed that during the New York meeting, attendees discussed issues including Iran, Yemen, and the Mideast peace process. Opening a covert route for communications with Russia was not discussed.