Intel chief releases information on Flynn 'unmasking'

Intel chief releases information on Flynn 'unmasking'

Intel chief releases information on Flynn 'unmasking'

The bombshell list of more than a dozen officials who asked the USA spy agency for information about Flynn between the 2016 election of President Donald Trump and his inauguration included President Barack Obama's chief of staff, as well as Biden.

But when asked at a Monday press conference what the theory is, Trump refused, saying instead: "You know what the crime is". Pressed, Trump was unable to name any.

"That's why, I, by the way, am going to be spending as much time as necessary and campaigning as hard as I can for Joe Biden", said Obama.

"What on earth were these high ranking Obama officials doing unmasking these reports in the first place?"

The names on the list include well-known Obama aides as well as then-Vice President Joe Biden.

It's not clear from the list who in fact did see Flynn's identity.

How a routine phone call between an incoming national security adviser and the Russian ambassador helped launch a 2½-year investigation of a new president remains an important story.

Dozens of Obama administration officials submitted requests to unmask an identity in a National Security Agency foreign intelligence report that turned out to be Flynn just before Trump entered office, according to the newly declassified list.

"That's why you had Obama ambassadors across the globe unmasking, all of them were just unmasking and then leaking out about anyone within the Trump campaign and the Trump transition team that they could and you had the media who were taking those leaks".

"The unmasking is a massive thing", Trump said.

There's no evidence that's the case.

Former FBI Director James Comey told the House Intelligence Community in 2017 that he ordered the unmasking and shared it with a small group within the intelligence community and Obama administration.

"It is, from my standpoint, pretty curious that the vice president of the United States would be requesting unmasking in this case of General Flynn eight days before he left office", Sen.

Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Grassley, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said in a joint statement that they "wholeheartedly agree that transparency is needed now more than ever".

According to CNN, during a private call Friday night with people who worked with him in the White House, Obama described the Trump Administration's response to the virus as "an absolute chaotic disaster".

Paul said he plans to invite Grenell to testify before the Senate next week and answer questions about how unmasking usually works and how unusual the situation with Flynn was.

Unmasking is the process of revealing to certain officials the names of people caught in conversations with foreign nationals who are under surveillance. None of the officials could have known beforehand that the unidentified person in the reports was Flynn, Bates said. "These documents have absolutely nothing to do with any FBI investigation and they confirm that all normal procedures were followed - any suggestion otherwise is a flat-out lie".

"I have no recollection of making a request related to General Flynn".

Flynn was a central figure in the investigation.

Flynn later admitted to lying about those conversations to both the Vice President Pence and the FBI, and twice pleaded guilty in federal court which he, along with the Justice Department, are now seeking to reverse. He has repeatedly pronounced Flynn "exonerated" and pushed a loosely defined "Obamagate" allegation that the previous administration tried to undermine him during the presidential transition.

As recently as a few weeks ago, he said he's open to pardoning Flynn.

But the decision stunned former law enforcement officials involved in the case, including some who say the Justice Department is rewriting history and omitting key context.

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