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Former national security adviser Susan Rice reportedly "unmasked" the identities of Trump transition officials in order to determine why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates visited New York last year.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan traveled to New York last December before Trump was sworn into office for a meeting with several top Trump officials, including Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon, CNN reported.

The meeting preceded a separate effort by the UAE to facilitate a back-channel communication between Russia and the incoming Trump administration.

The UAE government did not inform the Obama administration that the prince was coming to the country, as is customary.

While testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, Rice said that's why she requested the names of the Americans mentioned in a classified report about the New York visit to be revealed internally.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, appeared on "America's Newsroom" and said that the CNN report is "consistent" with what Rice said during her two-and-a-half-hour testimony.

He said he has no reason to "impeach or contradict" what Rice said to the committee, but he needs to see the evidence and documents that either corroborate or refute her testimony.

"I've been really tough on Susan Rice in the past. I think it's important that when a witness does a good job, you tell people she did a good job. And when she doesn't do a good job, you tell them that too," Gowdy said. "She did a good job."

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