Flashback: Susan Rice Denied Knowing Anything About Surveilling Trump Transition Team

Flashback Susan Rice Denied Knowing Anything About Surveilling Trump Transition Team				26		
			Associated Press Kristina Wong20 May 2020

The FBI said that in addition to its own internal review, it has cooperated with other inquiries assigned by Attorney General William Barr, including investigations into the Flynn case and the origins of the Russian Federation investigation.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced this week that he wants to subpoena witnesses over the unmasking of Flynn, as part of a larger effort to unearth information about the FBI's investigation of Trump campaign officials. Nearly all of the other requests were before the December 29 call. The Washington Post revealed their existence and then that he had misled the vice president about the nature of his discussions with the Russian diplomat.

"The government's request in this case does not appear to advance the interests of justice or the public, nor does it appear to be free of impermissible and unlawful taint", they wrote in a prepared filing seen by Reuters, adding that the request "appears to serve President Trump's personal political interests, rather than the interests of the public".

Trump allies ever since have been pressing to know who leaked information about the call.

Unmasking is a routine practice used to identify USA individuals who are referred to anonymously in an intelligence document, and it is meant to help government officials better understand what they are reading. One of those security officials was Michael Flynn.

The list, prepared at Grenell's request by the National Security Agency, covered requests made between November 30, 2016 and January 12, 2017.

The Washington Post reports that the former Trump administration official's name was never actually "masked" in the FBI's report on their conversation, but Flynn was still "unmasked" by Obama administration officials regardless.

Names in the declassified report of White House officials targeting Flynn include top intelligence chiefs, including Obama CIA Director John Brennan, Obama Department of National Intelligence Director James Clapper, former Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and former Vice President Joe Biden.

The congressman went on to eviscerate Comey, alleging that if performing Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell - who declassified each the record of unmasking requests and the Rice e mail - had been on this place beforehand, Comey can be in deep trouble. Comey said that could be an issue as it relates to sharing sensitive information. President Trump has attacked "dirty, filthy cops" for the prosecution of his former aide.

In addition to providing the underlying Flynn reports, Warner asked Grenell to provide the rationale for declassifying the unmasking requests "given the potential compromise to sources and methods".

Some analysts, however, say the controversy is contrived.

During the meeting, according to Rice's email, Obama emphasised "his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities 'by the book'".

After the list was released last Wednesday, Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

Flynn himself told Mueller's office that he left off the sanctions topic in a summary sent to the Trump transition team documenting the late 2016 Kislyak call because, in the words of Mueller's report, he believed "it could be perceived as getting in the way of the Obama Administration's foreign policy". Flynn urged that the Kremlin refrain from retaliating, suggesting the new administration would be more accommodating.

In mid-January 2017, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius revealed that Flynn called Kislyak several times on December 29 and raised the question of whether sanctions came up. He said he did so because Flynn was not truthful with Vice President Mike Pence about his own Russian Federation contacts. Later that month, in an interview with the FBI, Flynn again insisted he and Kislyak never talked about the Obama administration's censure of Moscow.

But a newly declassified email appears to debunk that claim as well. And by the way the Federal Bureau of Investigation said he didn't lie, ' Trump said at the White House Wednesday. "Someone in the Obama administration leaked that call to The Washington Post".

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