‘Hundreds’ of Unmasking Requests Reportedly Made By Single Obama Admin Official in 2016
A top official in the previous administration made ‘hundreds of unmasking requests’ in the final year of President Obama‘s presidency.
In a letter obtained by Fox News. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) wrote to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats the following:
“[T]his Committee has learned that one official, whose position has no apparent intelligence-related function, made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama Administration.”
The congressman also mentioned that only one request “offered a justification.”
While his letter to Director Coats does not reveal the individual who made these unmasking requests, the description of that individual of not having an “apparent intelligence-related function” indicates that it could be former UN Ambassador Samantha Power, who along with former CIA Director John Brennan and former National Security Advisor Susan Rice were named as part of the House Intel Committee’s ongoing investigation into the unmasking of people associated with Donald Trump.
The investigation began after then-National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn was unmasked in a classified transcript that was leaked to the press. That ultimately led to his resignation after it was revealed that he was dishonest about his discussions about sanctions with the Russian ambassador. While Nunes has recused himself from his committee’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, he is still leading the probe into the incidental surveillance of American citizens that occurred under the Obama administration.
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