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While the FBI and the Justice department might have legitimate reasons to unmask US citizens while conducting criminal investigations, the National Security Advisor isn’t an investigator, but a consumer of intelligence products, and had no legitimate non-partisan reason to comb through transcripts of the private phone calls between Trump staffers and foreign diplomats. Combine Rice’s actions with Obama’s executive order directing the NSA to share raw intelligence data, like phone transcripts, with 16 other US intelligence agencies. An order issued three days before he left office.