Former U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice has met with the Senate’s Intelligence Committee as the panel investigates Russia’s interference in the U.S. election, one of several Obama administration officials to talk to the committee.
A spokeswoman for Rice confirmed the closed-door meeting Friday, saying Rice met voluntarily with the panel and was pleased to cooperate with the investigation.
Republican lawmakers and President Donald Trump have accused Rice of improperly revealing the names of Trump associates mentioned in an intelligence report about the Russia investigation. Rice has denied any wrongdoing.
In addition to Rice, the panel interviewed several members of former President Barack Obama’s administration this week, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough.
The committee is expected to talk with Trump administration officials next week, including Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, as well as any potential contacts between Trump’s campaign and Moscow.
Special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed by the attorney general’s office after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, is also investigating the role that Russia played in the U.S. election and possible ties to the Trump administration.