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Two Republican senators released a list of former senior Obama administration officials who were behind the “unmasking” of Michael Flynn — whose calls with the former Russian ambassador during the presidential transition were picked up in surveillance and later leaked.
The information was provided to lawmakers earlier in the day by Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell.
Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote to Grenell and Attorney General Bill Barr this week asking them to release the names of Obama officials who through a controversial process sought to “unmask” the identity of Flynn when he was the subject of government surveillance. This was around the time Trump was sworn into office — between Nov. 8, 2016, and Jan. 31, 2017.
Here are the officials who sought to unmask Flynn, according to the documents:
While President Obama was not on the list, his vice president was.
Comey was the FBI director during the time of the Flynn interview, when FBI agents discussed interviewing Flynn to “get him to lie” and “get him fired.”
Brennan is a former intelligence chief and directed the CIA until January 2017.
Clapper was the director of National Intelligence under President Obama.
McDonough was chief of staff during the Obama administration.
Power was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017.
Degnan was the deputy chief of mission until she was nominated by Trump in 2019 to serve as ambassador to Georgia.
Conlon was the director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (OIA).
O’Sullivan was the principal deputy director of National Intelligence.
Dempsey was the deputy director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration.
Lew was the U.S. secretary of the Treasury from 2013 to 2017.
Arthur “Danny” McGlynn
McGlynn was the acting assistant secretary of the Treasury.
Also with the Treasury, Neufeld was the acting deputy assistant.
Raskin was the deputy secretary of the Treasury.
Sheets was the undersecretary of the Treasury.
Szubin was the acting undersecretary of the Treasury.
Bell was the defense adviser for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Lt. Col. Paul Geehreng
Geehreng was the defense adviser for Russia at the NATO office.
Hursh was the deputy defense adviser for NATO.
Litzenberger was the deputy chief of U.S. Mission at NATO.
Sherwood-Randall was the deputy secretary of Energy
Lute was the permanent representative at NATO.
Parish was the political officer at NATO.
Waser was the political adviser at NATO.
Tefft was the ambassador to Russia.
Bass was the ambassador to Turkey.