90 Miles From Tyranny : Senators Ask Obama Officials, Including Biden: ‘Why did you unmask Flynn and what did you do with it?

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Senators Ask Obama Officials, Including Biden: ‘Why did you unmask Flynn and what did you do with it?

Sixteen top Obama administration officials – including Vice President Joe Biden – requested information to ‘unmask’ the identity of retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn during the presidential transition period, according to the declassified list given to two top GOP Senators from Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell.

Former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power, however, appeared to have the most requests for Flynn’s information from November 30, 2016 until Jan. 11, 2017 she had issued seven requests to unmask Flynn’s name.

“Only certain personnel are authorized to submit unmasking requests into the NSA system,” stated Grenell in the documents to the Senators. “In this case, 16 authorized individuals requested unmaskings for (redacted) different NSA intelligence reports for select principals. While principals are identified below, we cannot confirm they saw the unmasked information. This response does not include any requests outside of the specified time-frame.”

Grenell had declassified the list this week and sent it to the Department of Justice for review before releasing the documents to Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson on Wednesday. Both Senators demanded that the documents be made public Tuesday night in a formal letter to Grenell.

The much anticipated documents were stunning, as former Vice President Biden’s name was revealed on the official list of those requesting the classified information on Flynn. It appears that the officials on the list all had access to Flynn’s highly classified conversation with then Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition in December, 2016.

Flynn’s conversation was leaked to several Washington Post reporters and then printed in a column by David Ignatius, who stated that numerous senior officials had verified the information in his column. The column was the impetus for the FBI’s continued investigation into Flynn, which eventually led to his firing from the White House after a short tenure as Trump’s first national security advisory. The Department of Justice has now asked the courts to drop Flynn’s case against him after his Defense attorney Sidney Powell and DOJ appointed U.S. Attorney Jeffery Jenson revealed a litany of information that was withheld from his defense by prosecutors and what appeared to be a perjury trap set up by...

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