Democrats and members of mainstream media are continuing their refusal to recognize Obamagate, the unmasking of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and why those two should be major stories.
Vanity Fair contributor Gabriel Sherman took to Twitter on Monday and cynically asked “Trumpers” why Flynn should be seen as the victim in the situation. He suggested in the tweet “that Flynn got what he deserved for communicating with a Russian ambassador,” the Daily Wire reports.
“Serious questions for Trumpers,” Sherman tweeted. “What is the scandal of unmasking an American official caught on an intercept discussing US sanctions policy with Ambassador of a hostile foreign country that had just launched a massive cyberattack on our election?”
Serious questions for Trumpers: What is the scandal of unmasking an American official caught on an intercept discussing US sanctions policy with Ambassador of a hostile foreign country that had just launched a massive cyber attack on our election?
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) May 15, 2020
Republican Senator Ted Cruz had heard enough and scolded Sherman (and the mainstream media as a whole) for the lack of coverage.
Responding to Sherman, Cruz wrote: “Uhh, he was the incoming National Security Advisor & a 3-star general.”
“He’s SUPPOSED to discuss sanctions policy. That’s his job. The unmasking was part of outgoing admin launching a massive sting operation to try to entrap him,” Cruz continued. “Maybe this helps: imagine Bush doing same to Obama.”
Uhh, he was the incoming National Security Advisor & a 3-star general. He’s SUPPOSED to discuss sanctions policy. That’s his job. The unmasking was part of outgoing admin launching a massive sting operation to try to entrap him. Maybe this helps: imagine Bush doing same to Obama. https://t.co/ofKNYvrRKl
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 18, 2020
Mainstream media would never afford the Trump administration or its officials the same reverence and respect they gave to the Obama administration and its officials, but it was worth a shot.
Cruz’s point is valid though: Flynn was doing his job and the Obama administration utilized the intelligence community to trap him into admitting a crime that never happened.
The Daily Wire adds:
“Unmasking” typically refers to requests, made to intelligence agencies, to identify unnamed officials mentioned in surveillance reports. In this case, it appears that members of the Obama administration — as senior as President Barack Obama and former Vice President-turned-2020 Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden — repeatedly requested “unmaskings,” likely to determine whether Trump campaign and transition team members were communicating with any unsavory individuals, in order to discover a “smoking gun,” tying the campaign to Russian efforts to upended the 2016 presidential election.
It’s also simpler than that: it was Flynn’s job to establish lines of communication, and it was a job the Obama administration was pledged to assist with. The State Department, although it seemed like a joke at the time, indicated back in June of 2019 that they would, indeed, help members of an incoming Trump administration make those contacts.
Then there’s the matter of the Obama administration leaking information about Flynn’s communications which is, in and of itself, a separate and perhaps more critical issue tied closely in with the theory that the Obama administration intended to paint the Trump administration as crooked from the beginning.