While Comey describes his probe of Flynn as "proceeding "by the book" after Obama repeatedly stresses he wants only a "by the book" investigation - both parties presumably hoping to avoid exactly the sequence of revelatory events that are now unfolding - recently-unsealed documents from the case against Flynn indicate the general was entrapped, with the FBI's goal being to "prosecute him or get him fired" with an ambush-style interview. President Obama asked if Comey was saying that the NSC should not pass sensitive information related to Russian Federation to Flynn.
The Washington Post reports that the former Trump administration official's name was never actually "masked" in the FBI's report on their conversation, but Flynn was still "unmasked" by Obama administration officials regardless.
"The American people deserve the full transcripts so they can judge for themselves Michael Flynn's conduct", Pelton said.
Sen. Marco Rubio, the new interim chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Wednesday said someone "broke the law" by leaking information about Michael Flynn's conversation with the former Russian ambassador to the USA, and it's valid to ask more questions about how it happened.
During a 2017 interview on PBS' "NewsHour," Rice said she was "surprised" by statements from then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., that Trump officials' communications may have been obtained in surveillance by federal law enforcement.
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Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell declassified the document, as well as the unmasking information.
"The president stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective". No defense lawyer for General Flynn has been allowed to hear the recording or see the transcript.
Not exclusively did she have data of the Flynn unmasking, however dozens of different members of the Obama-Biden administration requested the unmasking as nicely.
Two top Republican senators have expanded their request for records related to the "unmasking" of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to include information prior to the start of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane operation, which began in July 2016.
Comey's response was that was 'potentially the case.' According to Fox News, Comey continued that there weren't indications Flynn passed on classified information to the Russina ambassador, but noted 'the level of communication is unusual'.
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One Trump ally concluded that the memo proves that Flynn was being targeted by Obama' inner sanctum. He would fire Flynn after just weeks on the job.
Flynn was sacked in early 2017 for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador, causing Pence to lie in an interview unknowingly.
In April, documents were released as part of a re-examination of Flynn's case that showed the then-counterintelligence director of the bureau openly questioned whether the agency's "goal" was to "get [Flynn] to lie".
The leaked memo immediately set off a clash in Washington, with Trump tearing into Biden, his presumed 2020 opponent, for unmasking, which he connected to the prosecution of Flynn, which he termed a disgrace. 'And it was all a ruse. Along with Comey, that list also included Biden, other senior intelligence officials and Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough.
In Biden's case, he gained access to the documents on January 12, 2016 - a little over a week before he left office.
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