The Obamagate scandal just got a lot worse.
The list of names who were requested unmaskings that involved the Michael Flynn case has been released. Acting DNI Richard Grenell has suggested the list would be declassified and made public. He’s now delivered in stunning fashion.
SCOOP @CBSNews obtains @RichardGrenell notification to congress declassified “unmasking list” Flynn between late 2016 and January 2017 – Read 3 pages provided by NSA here pic.twitter.com/NozVpQlRn2
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) May 13, 2020
If you go to the last page, you’ll see Joseph P. Biden listed. That means that someone made a request in his name for the unmasking information regarding Michael Flynn. Whether it was him or his secretary, there’s no doubt he knew what was going on.
Here’s a shot and chaser for you.
Shot Chaser pic.twitter.com/XE2qknJStw
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) May 13, 2020
That’s Biden, just a few days ago, claiming to have no knowledge of what was happening with Flynn. Amazingly, George Stephanopoulos corrected him and got him to admit that he at least knew the case was ongoing. Now, we know that both those characterizations were a lie. Biden was intimately involved here, to the point of being involved in the unmasking itself.
Sen. Rand Paul broke the news via an announcement earlier. Here’s what he had to say.
Sen. Rand Paul: "Biden accessed the identity and the private conversation of a political opponent. There is no more clear violation of a politician using their office and abusing their office to go after a political opponent — and I think he's caught red-handed here." pic.twitter.com/ZdPUO0iTYV
— The Hill (@thehill) May 13, 2020
Biden’s only real excuse here is to claim he didn’t receive the information despite his request. That out is described per The Daily Caller’s coverage of this ongoing story.
The request under Biden's name was made on Jan. 12, 2017, which is the same day that the details of the Flynn-Kislyak call info were leaked and published by the Washington Post.https://t.co/R7aEgpKyK8
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 13, 2020
“Below is a list of recipients who may have received Lt. Gen Flynn’s identity in response to a request processed between 8 November 2016 and 31 January 2017 to unmask an identity that had been generically referred to in an NSA foreign intelligence report,” the document stated.
“While the principals are identified below, we cannot confirm they saw the unmasked information.”
That’s not going to fly at all. One, the very fact that the request was made shows he was well aware of what was going on with the Flynn case and Obama’s plan to target him. For him to try to play dumb would be beyond parody. He originally claimed to not be involved in any of this. He clearly was and he’s been lying to everyone about it until this document exposed him.
Other names that requested the unmasking information include John Brennan, who should be sweating pretty hard right now, and Samantha Power, who was cited early on for the hundreds of unmasking requests she made. I believe at one point, though her story may have changed, that she claimed to not know how her name got on the requests.
For their part, the media are already spinning this as Trump somehow acting politically, completely ignoring that this proves Biden was acting politically in 2016.
The list of names who asked to "unmask" Flynn includes former Vice President Joe Biden, raising the immediate question of whether declassification is being used as a political weapon in the 2020 campaign https://t.co/DhI3NIB3WS
— Blake News (@blakehounshell) May 13, 2020
You can expect that to be the line going forward. Republicans will be blamed for “interfering in the 2020 election” because the documents they released implicate Biden. Apparently, investigation political opponents with no basis is acceptable if you are a Democrat, but if you aren’t, then releasing documented evidence of malfeasance is very bad.
I don’t care though. This stuff is explosive and shows Biden is not just corrupt, but that he’s willing to lie with a straight face about his corruption. None of this is going away, no matter what spin the media attempt to attach to it. You can also bet that Grennell is not done. He’s got more coming and it’s going to continue to expose this massive scandal.