GOP Senators Reveals List of Obama Admin Officials Who Requested Unmasking of Michael Flynn

The acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Richard Grenell sent a list of officials in former President Barack Obama’s administration who received “unmasking” information on former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to Congress.

Republican senators released that list to the public on Wednesday afternoon.

Unmasking happens after a conversation between a U.S. citizen and a foreign official is picked up by intelligence agencies.

Typically, the citizen’s identity is protected — or “masked” — if they are not suspected of wrongdoing, but officials can go through an “unmasking” process to determine the identity of the citizen.

The list released on Wednesday includes former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Powers, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan, former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and former Vice President Joe Biden

The list also includes a variety of ambassadors and officials in the Department of Treasury. 

Read the list below:

Grenell reportedly declassified the list earlier this week, and Republican senators asked him and the Department of Justice to release the names of the individuals who received such information. 

“I declassified the enclosed document, which I am providing to you for your situational awareness,” Grenell wrote in a letter to Republican senators.

The letter says the documents include a list of individuals 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.”

It continued, “Each individual was an authorized recipient of the original report, and the unmasking was approved through NSA’s standard process, which includes a review of the justification for the request.”

“While the 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,” the letter added. 

“We are making this public because the American people have a right to know what happened. We commend Acting DNI Grenell and Attorney General Barr for their transparency and responsiveness,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said in a statement.

He added, “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.”

According to the document, Powers made seven unmasking requests, Clapper made three requests, Brennan made two requests, Comey made one request, McDonough made one request, and Biden made one request — which was the last name on the list.

The release of the list comes one day after Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he was “aware that they asked for an investigation” of Flynn, as IJR reported

“I know nothing about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn number one,” he added.

Republicans have accused Obama administration officials of improperly unmasking associates of President Donald Trump for political purposes. While several officials have admitted they requested unmasking information, they have maintained their requests were not improper. 

Shortly after the list was released, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) invited Grenell to testify before the Senate. 

Responses

  1. Well, you get brain dead, fudgepacking, individuals commenting and usually it is a democrat. All this Malarkey yacking back and forth accomplishes nothing. Here are the facts, Fact one: Covid19 was engineered, for a group trying thier last ditch effort to take Trump down. Its not going to happen. Fact two: Trump will win in November for the simple reason that even the simpleton democrats can see and are really afraid. Fact three: The democrats and previous administration are sweating because it is starting to happen RIGHT NOW. The democrats can see the hand writing on the wall and there is going to be heavy house cleaning of the Deep State. Just stating facts. So all you fudgepackers better start watching your corrupt party implode. All of you corrupt bastards will be judged by your maker when you meet. As a group, we hope we can help arrange the meeting.

    1. “Fact one:” WHAT is your proof? I hope it is not “Trump said,” as I can provide you a LONG list of things Trump has said that turned out to be false. Two example would be “Mexico is paying for the wall” and “China is paying the import tax. ” Please don’t say Pompeo either, as after publicly stating he had proof the virus was engineered in a Chinese lab, he later walked that back.
      “Fact two:” is a prediction, not a fact. I am a Democrat and am interested in exactly what you perceive it is I am “afraid”? You have already assisted in making America the laughing stock of the world, so that fear has already been realized.
      “Fact three:” Trump is in his 4th year in the WH. Please explain WHY and HOW the “Deep State” is still there.

      You appear to be in touch with the RW conspiracy crowd, so could you explain exactly what is corrupt or illegal with individuals of an administration asking for the unmasking of a “Individual #1” in an intell briefing if they did not release classified info and followed the established protocol for the request? I ask because the Trump administration requested 9,529 unmaskings in 2017, 16,721 in 2018, and 10,012 in 2019. Sens. Ron Johnson & Chuck Grassley, when asked, said they was not inferring anything nefarious in releasing the names. Devin Nunes claims the date of Biden’s request for unmasking is the same date the Flynn story was printed in WaPO, but he was on F&F so he was not asked for evidence he possessed that connect the two.

      You also appear to be concerned with corruption. So WHY is a $22 million settlement for fraud and a $2 million fine for stealing from his own charity, NOT considered evidence of corruption?

      1. The usual sad tired argument of someone who can’t defend the actions of someone or something they support. “Hey, don’t look over there…look over here and see what THEY did.” It has absolutely no relevance to the current revelation that what was done to Flynn was abhorrent. I get it…you hate Trump. If the wall promise is a big deal…he’ll pay politically for it. If the import tax issue is a big deal…again, he’ll pay politically for it. Same for all the other accusations you made. If you can’t defend the specific action…shut up and move on. Your tactic of trying to distract from the issue at hand infantile.

    2. Bobby sorry but you need treatment. But Treatment is for sick people your dumber than dirt. First China is not going to help the demarcates to get Trump. China has been working on bio weapons for 40 years. Someone was there that could of been there to buy the weapon. That weapon is a poor mans Nuke. You set it off there is no finger prints to lead anybody back to you. Now the person that was there was an aid to the Ayatollah of Iran. He was the first person reported to have it. He passed it on to the Ayatollah .
      Now if this is true they want to hid that fact. So they claim a Chinese worker went home and brought it back. So my question would be how did a worker get so close to high holy one. That wouldn’t happen. The president of Iran is the face of the government. We know Iran is not happy with Trump and the demarcates have been trying to protect Iran and China so Iran wouldn’t be brought into this.
      Now Phyllis you had a good question on how is the deep state hanging on. Try bribes and Treason. The Trail will lead right back to Obama or should I say Mandela. First minorities have been told WHITEY kicked Obama out of Office. We know that is a lie. When Obama was doing all the crap with Flynn he was doing other things. Obama was dumping his secret service . Then call from across town to be picked up. Am not saying the place he was picked up was were the meeting took place that may never be known. But around that time we stated to have riots . So it leaves me to believe Obama did something he didn’t want anyone to know. So he couldn’t hold the meeting in the White House. As for the F.B.I doing anything about it their is proof enough to say Obama had them tried up on getting Trump. Now Trump got in office and Comey sends in 2 F.B.I to get Trump. Then it starts RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA. Now this was nice so Trump couldn’t do anything with of for Russia. But things came out Obama did something but this tried Trump’s hands. So now the F.B.I and justice department is tried up and Sessions takes over and recuses himself. Sessions said he did this to help Trump no if he wanted to help Trump he should of never took the job. Because he left it up to the rats to deal with everything so nothing was done.
      Now we got Muller running around trying to get Trump even those he knew they was prove of the mess with the F.b.i and justice department , Hillary and Obama so after 3 years he ends with nothing.
      But since the beginning Paul Ryan will not bring anything to the floor for Trump. But at that time Ryan dumps his secret service and comes back with Obama’s detail and his chauffeur . So why he visit Obama. Well he got a job at Fox network on broad of directors which is a very liberal network. In fact people connected to fox in the pass has big contracts with the government. In fact one will be making money with our space patrol. He was set to make money since Obama got rid of a space shuttles. But we got bills from Russia to bring our astronauts to the space from Russia. So Trump wasn’t able to deal with them but Obama did. In fact one shuttle wasn’t old and didn’t do many trips. So it could of been used.
      So now we got things coming out that proves the demarcates were behind everything. But Shiftless and his midget friend see whats coming so they are going for hearings to hide everything to protect themselves. They want to tie up Barr in hearing so he don’t get them and they have time to hid everything. The senate needs to hold hearings now as well and try up the demarcates giving Barr time to nail them all. Shame he will have to do like the demarcates and go judge shopping to get a honest decision. Seems Sullivan is another that needs to go. Now when Trump put things out like stopping certain countries from sending there people her Obama had lunch in Hawaii with his college buddy who then stopped Trump. Always been interested if that judge in HAWAII was the one in the picture with Obama doing crack.
      To save the union the Judge Roberts need to start taking out judges they are the only ones that could do it. Before we have no union left. Now the new stimulus package has everything in it. Give the election to the demarcates, give all drugs to the people. And bail out all demarcate cities who protect illegal’s. And to give illegal’s 1200 dollar checks . Well get ice on the move instead and get the states who need money to start investigations under the Rico act. Like New York.

    3. You tell me. Probably one of those fictional little men Trump has in his crazy head.

  2. Why were all of these people so interested in unmasking the U.S. citizen on the other end of the phone with Kislyak in a conversation held between an incoming administration and the Russian Ambassador? Who then leaked Flynn’s name to the press to destroy his reputation by insinuating he was doing something nefarious? What was the predication for believing that Flynn or anyone was colluding with Russia in some way (after Mueller has found NO EVIDENCE of such collusion)? And what did Obama know and what was his involvement in the effort to undermine and eventually entrap Michael Flynn and “get him to lie/ prosecute him or get him fired” as the internal FBI note stated? Why did Peter Strzok insert him self to keep the Flynn investigation open after the investigators concluded he had doen nothing wrong and were about to close the case? This Obamagate stinks to high heaven.

    1. Rich, you have apparently not read Volume I of the Mueller Report. READ IT and explain how Leeden and Smith’s efforts to have Russians assist them with hacking the Clintons’ private server is not colluding with Russian. I selected those individuals as you will need to read thru the many individuals from the Trump campaign with Russian contacts during the campaign.

      If “This Obamagate stinks to high heaven,” then you should be able to share with us exactly what makes Flynn’s actions legal if he DID lie to the FBI, LIED on a WH financial and foreign contacts disclosure forms, AND ACTED as an agent for a foreign country (Turkey) WITHOUT proper notification of the U.S. authorities. It appears that the reasoning of Flynn’s actions are NOT being illegal, is that he was part of the Trump campaign. So, for history’s sake, please share what the justification is for those conclusion. Future generations will certainly ask.

      If WH officials followed proper protocol for requesting the unmasking of “Individual #1” or “Individual #2” and requesting the unmasking is not only legal, but a practice that has occurred frequently in the Trump administration, WHAT is the CRIME Trump and FOX News are referring? Trump was asked in a press conference and he could not answer and FOX News anchors have NOT shared with their audience while I am watching, WHAT the CRIME and nefarious activity is. Sens Johnson and Grassley have both responded to questions that the disclosed declassified info they sought to release, is that it is not indication of wrongdoing, but they wish to question those to determine if there was a political reason for asking for the unmasking of an individual identified as “Individual #1”

      1. Lol. Trump followers repeat what Trump and Faux News say. Get your heads out from the sand. It’s not healthy.

  3. Can you imagine the OUTRAGE of the libs if the Bush Administration had done this to obummer?

    1. Done WHAT? Ask for unmasking? ALL administrations utilize the protocol for requesting unmasking—including the Trump administration. If the practice is nefarious or illegal, WHY is there protocol in place to request unmasking?

      1. WHY WASN’T THE PROTOCOL YOU TALK ABOUT FOLLOWED? Get REAL with your answer.

  4. You understand this was post election, don’t you? Why wouldn’t people responsible for national security want to know who is talking to the Russians during a political campaign the Russians participated in?

    1. You do understand how stupid your comment is, don’t you? Stay uninformed, davey boi.

        1. SAME comment AGAIN. And you call other people one trick pony. Talk about projecting.

  5. I really hope some on the left will wake up to what was happening in the Obama Admin then carried forward by Obama minions left in place & DS counterparts. #Treason

    1. Blow it up your butt sweetie. This should be real easy since your head is always there but you trumpukelicans always find the way to make the easy impossible.

      1. stay classy, jonny boi. It’s amazing how brave some people are sitting in their mommy’s basement with a keyboard. Especially when mommy still changes their diapers.

        1. You are just a one trick pony, I bet you are a mommy boy sitting on your bed in mommy’s house

      2. You are a tiresome Neanderthal. Nothing insightful or significant to plead your case…..sweetie!

      1. complete your sentence [Bet if said] what hell is that you sound like Trump

        1. Are you TRIGGERED? What’s your stupid-assed problem? If you can’t understand, blame your mommy.

          1. WOW! Did you think of that one all by yourself, or did mommy help?

    2. Could you share with us what is illegal or nefarious with requesting unmasking? Is the definition of Deep State a government employee that has sworn an oath to the U.S. Constitution and NOT Trump?

  6. Damn Joe forgot you asked of a lie. Either way your not fit for the presidency . Why don’t you find a retirement home with polosi. You both could try to remember the old days. But a same they both want to destroy there last days with lies and crap. Joe polosi got ice cream.

      1. What morons . Joe as Joe Biden . Polosi as speaker of the house. No wonder this country is in a mess.

        1. This country is in a mess because Trump is a mess, chaos. A person who is unfit for the office of the presidency. That’s the reason this country is a mess.

        2. You are right. It’s a mess thanks to the liar in chief who is unfit for the office of the presidency.

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