There’s a lot of concern today about the fact that Gen. Michael Flynn was unmasked during his phone call with the Russian ambassador by Obama officials.
But he wasn’t only unmasked because of the call. The unmasking list includes multiple requests from November to February by 16 different officials, with Obama officials obviously also looking at other calls/conversations, other than that which he had with the Russian Ambassador.
Both former House Intel Chair Trey Gowdy and present Republican ranking member on the Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) warned the public it wasn’t only Flynn who had been unmasked.
VIDEO – Trey Gowdy: Leaking Name of Unmasked Michael Flynn Is a Felony https://t.co/mjQ6V4UygF
— Grabien (@GrabienMedia) May 13, 2020
“You know, unmasking names without sufficient factual, legal predicate is a serious abuse of power,” he said. “But the leaking of that masked name and the dissemination of that name to the media is actually a felony. And Devin tried like the dickens to get this information from the current administration, from some of the intelligence officials, and we got some of the numbers. But he should’ve had all of this information, and my question for the FBI is, how is your leak investigation going? It’s been four years. It’s been four years, how is your leak investigation going?”
Nunes said Wednesday the document is just a “glimpse” of what he saw.
“And I would actually say … it’s even worse than this,” he told Fox Business’s Lou Dobbs. “You’re only seeing the folks that unmasked General Flynn. The reality is there were a whole lot of other Americans on the Trump transition team that were unmasked, and those need to be made public also.”
VIDEO – Rep. Nunes: A Lot of Other Trump Transition Team Members Were Unmasked and Need To Be Made Public https://t.co/WOrfS2uriu
— Grabien (@GrabienMedia) May 14, 2020
Gowdy also claimed that Democrats trumped up an ethics charge against Nunes to “knock him off the investigation.”
WATCH: @TGowdySC reacts after the list of officials, including former VP Joe Biden and former FBI director James Comey, who requested the 'unmasking' of former national security adviser Michael Flynn is released #nine2noon pic.twitter.com/zQoVcYO7tn
— America's Newsroom (@AmericaNewsroom) May 14, 2020
“It’s not just Michael Flynn. There was an unmasking request made the morning of the inauguration,” former Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy told America’s Newsroom Thursday morning. “President Trump’s family members names were unmasked.”
I am told…Flynn is the tip of the iceberg…this gets worse. "Adam you are looking at the foyer of a house that is a 20 bedroom mansion"
— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) May 13, 2020
Gowdy also points out one more potential issue, that people are listed as requesting unmasking might not be the people who actually did the request or saw the information, which is completely improper. For example, he said, Samantha Power said ‘other people’ might have used her name.
“So, that’s her testimony, and she was pretty emphatic in it,” he added. “The intelligence community has assigned this number of requests to her. Her perspective, her testimony is, they may be under my name, but I did not make those requests.”
Folks in the Obama camp, like Ben Rhodes, tried to fluff it off as normal procedure, deflecting and claiming the real issue was acting DNI Ric Grenell asking questions of their improper actions.
The unconfirmed, acting DNI using his position to criminalize routine intelligence work to help re-elect the president and obscure Russian intervention in our democracy would normally be the scandal here…
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) May 13, 2020
So you're saying the Obama administration "routinely" spied on private American citizens, unmasked their names, and illegally leaked them to reporters?
Good to know. https://t.co/yY2JVo0DPf
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 13, 2020
Good response. And that’s what the spin by Obama folks and media is missing as they try to normalize the unmasking. Yes, unmasking happens and is normal. But you have to have a legitimate reason to do the unmasking. Spying on a political opponent isn’t a legitimate reason. Plus the greater issue here is not in contest: someone on the Obama team leaked to The Washington Post and that’s a felony. That’s not normal and that’s not routine.
Or maybe it was, for the Obama folks.