It just keeps getting crazier. A bombshell report that surfaced this weekend threatens to turn everything we knew about Obamagate on its head.
The report comes from former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, who wrote a column in National Review on Saturday that makes the shocking assertion that the Flynn unmasking isn’t the whole story – in fact, Flynn may never have been masked in the first place.
Despite Wednesday’s blockbuster news about the dozens of Obama-administration officials who “unmasked” then-incoming Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn, there remains a gaping hole in the story: Where is the record showing who unmasked Flynn in connection with his fateful conversation with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak?
There isn’t one.
There is no such evidence in the unmasking list that acting national intelligence director Richard Grenell provided to Senators Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R., Wis.). I suspect that’s because General Flynn’s identity was not “masked” in the first place. Instead, his December 29 call with Kislyak was likely intercepted under an intelligence program not subject to the masking rules, probably by the CIA or a friendly foreign spy service acting in a nod-and-wink arrangement with our intelligence community.
McCarthy’s piece is dynamite – first and foremost because of his extensive knowledge of the law surrounding unmasking, and the circumstances of Obamagate. You can read the whole thing here.
For those who want to skip to the end, McCarthy’s most explosive points implicate the CIA and the Obama administration – including Joe Biden.
McCarthy says “the CIA played a central role. The agency collaborated — I’m tempted to say colluded! — with a variety of friendly foreign intelligence services, especially NATO countries that Trump made a habit of bashing on the campaign trail.”
Most importantly, he concludes:
It is highly irregular for government officials on the political side of the national-security realm to seek the unmasking of Americans. It is eye-opening to learn that Vice President Biden and President Obama’s chief-of-staff (McDonough) unmasked the incoming Trump administration’s national security advisor. It is downright scandalous that Samantha Power, Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations, who had little reason to seek unmasking, reportedly requested 260 unmaskings . . . and then told Congress that she did not make the vast majority of requests attributed to her — though it remains unclear, years later, who did make them.
But let’s not miss the forest for the trees. This is not just about unmasking. It is about how pervasively the Obama administration was monitoring the Trump campaign.
You want to talk about interference in an election? The first person who needs to answer questions is Barack Obama.