A very interesting letter from Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Ron Johnson asking DNI Richard “Ric” Grenell to declassify and release all of the unmasking requests from January 2016 to January 2017. Results to be provided in tranches if needed. Within the letter (pdf here) the senators appear to be targeting specific dates for cross referencing with previously identified NSA database abuses. Some of their inquiry appears to be guided by ‘open source’ reporting on the issue.
H/T: The Last Refuge
“It has become evident that the FBI, and possibly members of the U.S. Intelligence Community, were focused on U.S. persons affiliated with the Trump campaign in early 2016, if not even earlier,” the letter reads. “One example is that, in April 2016, FBI headquarters directed its New York Field Office to open a counterintelligence investigation of Carter Page, which on August 10, 2016, became part of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”
44) Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson requested Rick Grenell declassify more documents showing unmasking requests made by the Obama administration going back to January of 2016. https://t.co/5HsRekX221 pic.twitter.com/Zo6Rxp2Lcf— Praying Medic (@prayingmedic) May 21, 2020
Outrage isn't enough. We need true action to protect the privacy of American citizens.https://t.co/Z1FD2DIZtt— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 20, 2020
It’s time to unmask the leaker who violated federal law.— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) May 20, 2020
And it’s time to find out if Obama knew about the ultimate goal of the avalanche of unmasking requests from his lame duck officials. https://t.co/9vosCIuSat
Read the letter in its entirety below.