House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) just revealed something we all expected, Obama has made hundreds of unmasking requests without any justification during the 2016 Presidential election.
According to The Hill, Nunes in a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said that there were multiple requests made to unmask people for political reasons.
In this letter Nunes said that he will spend August drafting new legislation that will help ensure prosecutions of all officials who leak classified information.
Saying, “All leaks of classified information must be vigorously prosecuted, and the committee is working to ensure law, policy and funding are aligned to maximize the prosecution of these crimes.”
He went even further and alleged that “Obama-era officials sought the identities of Trump transition officials within intelligence reports.”
Nunes added, “We have found evidence that current and former government officials had easy access to U.S. person information and that it is possible that they used this information to achieve partisan political purposes, including the selective, anonymous leaking of such information.”
Susan Rice and former CIA director John Brennan said that they made such requests, according to the Hill. But, they both decline to acknowledge whether making the requests were for legitimate reasons.
Nunes said that during Obama’s last year in office, hundreds of unmasking requests by Obama aides for Americans citizens came through, adding that they didn’t have much justification for the unmasking.
“The committee has learned that one official, whose position had no apparent intelligence related function, made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama administration. Of those requests, only one offered a justification that was not boilerplate.”
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