Senators Request More Information on Obama ‘Unmasking’

GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson requested information Wednesday on the “unmasking” of U.S. citizens by Obama administration officials during the time of the 2016 election and the presidential transition in 2017.

Grassley, R-Iowa, and Johnson, R-Wis., penned a letter to acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell and Attorney General Bill Barr regarding the declassification of files related to the unmasking process.

As Fox News previously reported, Grenell made the decision to declassify information about Obama administration officials who were involved in the “unmasking” of former national security adviser Michael Flynn — whose calls with the former Russian ambassador during the presidential transition were picked up in surveillance and later leaked. Grenell appeared to have delivered those files to the DOJ last week.

“Based on recent press reports, it is our understanding that you conducted a classification review and declassified information related to numerous requests to ‘unmask’ the names of U.S. persons who appeared in certain intelligence reporting around the time of the 2016 election through January 2017,” Grassley and Johnson wrote. “We wholeheartedly agree that transparency is needed more now than ever.”

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