It appears that the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the “unmasking” of U.S. citizens under the Obama administration is expanding.
According to a new report by Fox News, a source with knowledge of the ongoing investigation said that records obtained by the committee suggest the unmasking “goes beyond” the three already-identified Obama officials; former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former UN ambassador Samantha Power.
At least half a dozen senior officials in the prior administration are now “of interest” in the House’s investigation.
Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), who had previously recused himself from the committee’s ongoing Russia investigation, issued subpoenas for records from the CIA, FBI, and NSA back in May. According to Fox’s sources, the agencies have “fully complied.”
The unmasking probe began after then-National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn was unmasked and a transcript of a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador was leaked to the press, which ultimately led to his resignation after it was discovered that he was not truthful to Vice President Mike Pence regarding having talks about sanctions.
Since the story broke, it has been learned that numerous associates of Donald Trump were “incidentally surveilled” and unmasked during the election and last spring it was reported that Susan Rice was one of the top Obama officials who ordered the unmasking, something she first claimed she knew nothing about.
The source told Fox News correspondent Catherine Herridge that some of the unmasking in question is routine, but others seemed “unwarranted” and need “more explanation.” House investigators are only at the beginning of the inquiry and there is currently no indication that they have concluded that any laws or regulations were violated.
You can watch Fox’s report above.
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