MASSIVE: Intel Chief Identifies Obama Officials Involved In ‘Unmasking’ Scandal

Republican Senators Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Finance Committee, released a list on Wednesday of Obama administration officials that were involved in Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s unmasking scandal.

Axios reports the Obama administration officials specifically requested (some on more than one occasion) to “unmask” Flynn’s identity while he was under government surveillance.

“The officials listed should confirm whether they reviewed this information, why they asked for it and what they did with it, and answer many other questions that have been raised by recent revelations,” Johnson and Grassley said in the new statement. “We are making this public because the American people have a right to know what happened.”

The list includes several high ranking officials, at least one of which has testified under oath before Congress that she never requested the information.

Axios reports:

Among the prominent names listed in the declassified report, along with the date of the first request:

  • Nov. 30: U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power
  • Dec. 2: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
  • Dec. 14: CIA Director John Brennan
  • Dec. 15: FBI Director James Comey
  • Jan. 12: Vice President Joe Biden

Between the lines: The presence of Biden and other top officials revealed by Grenell’s unusual move to declassify the list has already been cited by Trump’s allies, including his campaign, as evidence of wrongdoing.

  • But there’s no evidence to suggest that the senior officials on the list acted improperly in requesting to learn Flynn’s identity, which would not have been shown in the intelligence report until the unmasking.

  • The document also notes that it cannot be confirmed that the officials actually saw the information — only that they requested it.

  • Before the list was released, Biden told ABC News on Tuesday that he was aware there was an investigation into Flynn, but insisted “that’s all I know about it.”

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The Biden campaign scrutinized the release and said the officials named in the report (including Biden) acted properly with real-time information they had available in the moment.

“These documents simply indicate the breadth and depth of concern across the American government — including among career officials — over intelligence reports of Michael Flynn’s attempts to undermine ongoing American national security policy through discussions with Russian officials or other foreign representatives,” the campaign said in a statement via Axios.

“Importantly, none of these individuals could have known Flynn’s identity beforehand,” Biden campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates clarified.

“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,” the campaign continued. “The only people with questions to answer are Grenell, Sen. Grassley, and Sen. Johnson for their gross politicization of the intelligence process.”

President Trump responded to the list in a series of tweets: