It seems that Obama aides were unmasking individuals tied to Trump during the presidential election

Rep. Devin Nunes accused the Obama administration of making hundreds of unmasking requests during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), in a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, said the requests were made without specific justifications on why the information was needed and it was while Trump was running for the presidency.

“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,” Nunes wrote in the letter to Coats.

The letter was provided to The Hill from a source in the intelligence community.

In March, Nunes disclosed that he had seen data suggesting Trump campaign and transition officials were having their names unmasked by departing officials in the Obama White House.

His letter stated that requests from senior government officials, unlike career intelligence analysts, “made remarkably few individualized justifications for access” to the U.S. names.

“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,” Nunes wrote. “Of those requests, only one offered a justification that was not boilerplate.”

Samantha Power

Sources familiar with the Nunes letter identified the official as then-U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power.

This is the Deep State with the potential for police state style activity and it has to be stopped. These people are subverting our constitution. The Fourth Amendment violations are egregious.


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