CNN’s Sciutto Defends Susan Rice: It ‘Appears To Be a Story Largely Ginned up, Partly as a Distraction’

‘Even GOP senator John McCain says any hope of a bipartisan effort under the committee’s Republican chairman Devin Nunes is now lost’

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SCIUTTO: "And finally I would just say, why would someone do this? Every day they’re getting briefings on intelligence. Their briefer chooses what they're briefed on, including Ambassador Rice. In those briefings, an official such as Rice might say, 'To further understand it, I would like to know who those names are.' And that’s why they would make that request which then, as I said, has to be approved by the intelligence community. That’s what I’m told. And again, to note by senior intelligence officials who work for both Democrats and Republicans, this appears to be a story, largely ginned up, partly as a distraction from this larger investigation. But I will say, Anderson, and you are aware of this. The investigations continue, but particularly on the House side there are now questions coming from both Democrats and Republicans about how bipartisan this investigation can be."

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