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Devin Nunes on Obama officials' unmasking requests: 'What the hell were they doing?'

 

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., asked on Wednesday “what the hell” Obama administration officials were doing after they purportedly requested to "unmask" the identity of former national security adviser Michael Flynn during the presidential transition period.

 

The House Intelligence Committee ranking member asked the question on “Fox News @Night” after a list of names from that controversial process was made public on Wednesday.

 

“It appears to me like what they were doing is a lot of them went wild after Trump won. They got poisoned with this Russia hoax,” Nunes said.

 

“That's why you had Obama ambassadors across the globe unmasking, all of them were just unmasking and then leaking out about anyone within the Trump campaign and the Trump transition team that they could and you had the media who were taking those leaks.”

 

The list was declassified in recent days by Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell and then sent to GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson, who made the documents public. The roster features top-ranking figures, including then-Vice President Joe Biden.

 

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“When you look at intelligence product, it doesn't mean that it's fact and it's classified so the fact that they would be taking that information, unmasking whoever that was and leaking it to the press, it's a big problem,” Nunes said on Wednesday.

 

Host Shannon Bream asked Nunes to react to a Wall Street Journal editorial titled “The Flynn Unmaskers Unmasked.”

 

READ: DOJ MOTION TO DISMISS FLYNN CASE

 

“The [White House Chief of Staff Denis] McDonough unmasking takes place on Jan. 5, 2017 -- the day of the Oval Office meeting at which Mr. Flynn was discussed,” the editorial board wrote. “Mr. Biden's unmasking request was made on Jan. 12, 2017 – the day The Washington Post reported on the Flynn - Russia conversation. Mr. Biden has some explaining to do.”

 

“What on earth were these high ranking Obama officials doing unmasking these reports in the first place?” Nunes asked.

 

He then went on to point out that “we get finished intelligence product reports in the Congress.”

 

“We have never requested to unmask any American at all. So why, in the waning days of the Obama administration, would they be doing this?” Nunes asked.

 

He said he thinks “there’s only one logical conclusion.”

 

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“Joe Biden in his office and McDonough, they were all doing what the rest of them had been doing for the few months after the election," Nunes said. "They were unmasking anyone and everyone so that they could leak information to a press that was willing to take that  illegal information to build a fake, phony narrative, to set up numerous people on the Trump team, not just General Flynn.”

 

He went on to note that "General Flynn paid a big price for it because he was put under investigation by the dirty cops at the FBI and the Clinton campaign in 2016.”

 

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Last week, the Justice Department moved to drop its case against Flynn, in a stunning development that comes after internal memos were released raising serious questions about the nature of the investigation that led to Flynn’s late 2017 guilty plea of lying to the FBI.

 

In a special new episode of Fox Nation's "Witch Hunt," hosted by Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, Nunes spoke about this and much more in an extensive discussion of the Flynn case and the Russian collusion probe.

 

"We're looking at doing criminal referrals on the Mueller team, the Mueller dossier team, the Mueller witch hunt, whatever you want to call it. That's where we are now in our investigation," he said.

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4 minutes ago, king of the county said:

The Russian ambassador to the US is now called an operative?

of course, rename it.  New administrations communicating with foreign countries is all of a sudden worth investigating.  In coming admin s have done this for ages.

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4 minutes ago, XavierOnassis said:

How is he not an "Operative". How is any ambassador not an operative?

 

Well, considering an "operative" in this usage is typically someone working in the intelligence arena and an Ambassador is a diplomat openly representing their country, the only people I see use the terms interchangeably are liberals out to get conservatives.

 

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46 minutes ago, slideman said:

They were concerned about this

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/13/british-spies-first-to-spot-trump-team-links-russia

That's the last link I'm going to give you you need to do your own research

This was all investigated no collusion.   Are you saying mueller is incompetent?

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