Ron Johnson asks for names of Obama officials who ‘unmasked’ Michael Flynn

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Wisconsin Eye asks Senator Ron Johnson if he agrees with the Justice Department’s dropping of the charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is trying to get the names of Obama administration officials who “unmasked”  former national security adviser Michael Flynn.  

The move came late Tuesday after Richard Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, declassified a key document.

According to the New York Times, the document is “a list of Obama administration officials who sought to learn the identities of Trump associates swept up in surveillance of foreign officials.”

Last week, the Justice Department dropped its case against Flynn, who had twice pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about conversations with then-Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

Johnson, head of the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, and U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, head of the Finance Committee, made the request for the document in a letter to Grenell and Attorney General Bill Barr.

If the senators get the names they are expected to make them public, according to an official.

“Based on recent press reports, it is our understanding that you conducted a classification review and declassified information related to numerous requests to ‘unmask’ the names of U.S. persons who appeared in certain intelligence reporting around the time of the 2016 election through January 2017,” the senators wrote in the letter.

“We wholeheartedly agree that transparency is needed more now than ever. One of the most significant unanswered questions about what occurred during the 2016 election is how many Americans were ‘unmasked,’ at whose request, and for what purpose.”

The senators asked for “all information regarding the “unmasking” of U.S. persons requested by members of President Obama’s administration around the time of the 2016 election through January 2017.”

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