Department of Justice communications director Kerri Kupec revealed on Wednesday that Attorney General Bill Barr is closing in on the Obama administration’s misconduct in regard to the unmasking of Gen. Michael Flynn.
Barr has reportedly tapped U.S. Attorney John Bash to investigate the practice of unmasking in support of John Durham’s probe into the origins of the Russia collusion hoax.
Kupec told Fox’s Sean Hannity that “looking specifically at who was unmasking whom can add a lot to our understanding about motivation and big picture events.”
The practice of unmasking came to the forefront of the news cycle when acting DNI Richard Grenell declassified documents that showed Obama administration officials inappropriately attempted to learn the identity of Trump’s former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn.
At the time, Flynn was being monitored by the FBI as a part of the now-debunked Russia-collusion investigation.
The Intelligence Community typically “masks” the identity of those they are surveilling to protect their privacy, but the documents recently declassified by Grenell showed that 23 Obama administration officials attempted to “unmask” Flynn.
Flynn’s identity was subsequently leaked to the press, which is a serious crime.
Kupec continued that “we know that unmasking inherently isn’t wrong, but certainly, the frequency, the motivation, and the reasoning behind unmasking can be problematic.”