Flashback: Susan Rice Denied Knowing Anything About Surveilling Trump Transition Team

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn sits in the front row before the start of the President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joint new conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington Friday Feb. 10 2017

The revelation comes as congressional Republicans continue to push for information on which Obama administration officials" "unmasked' Flynn and had his name revealed from within intelligence documents.

"We write now both to reiterate our request for the declassification of additional information related to the unmasking of Americans around the time of the 2016 election, but also to expand the scope of our request to include information as early as January 2016", Grassley and Johnson wrote. Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally who is probing the Flynn prosecution and start of the Russian Federation probe, asked Tuesday in a letter to Director of National Intelligence Ric Grennel "did not contain a record showing who unmasked" Flynn in the Kislyak calls.

A number of the dates shown among those requests occurred before Flynn's December 29, 2016 calls with Kislyak - raising questions about what intelligence intercepts he was showing up in.

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 Obamagate conspiracy theory also accuses former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden of having advance knowledge of the FBI's plans to interview Flynn about his communications with Kislyak. President Trump has attacked "dirty, filthy cops" for the prosecution of his former aide.

Unmasking is a routine practice by which senior officials with security clearances request to learn the names of Americans who are overheard speaking to foreigners if the names are deemed important to understanding the intelligence.

Moreover, the list documented unmasking requests made through the National Security Agency, while transcripts documenting Flynn's conversations with Kislyak were an Federal Bureau of Investigation product, meaning the names on the declassified list Grenell released are unrelated to Flynn's conversations with Kislyak.

Parts of the conversations has been publicly reported.

The U.S. Justice Department has dismissed all charges against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn since some documents were declassified.

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The memo, which Rice sent to herself on her final day in office, memorializes a White House meeting several days earlier where Obama and top officials discussed potential risks posed by Flynn.

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.

The unmasking issue appears to be part of an effort by the president and his allies to tar former president Barack Obama with what Trump says was an unfounded criminal investigation into potential conspiracy between Russian Federation and Trump associates - or what he now calls "Obamagate".

Obama asked Comey if he was saying the National Security Council should not share sensitive intelligence about Russian Federation with Flynn, to which Comey replied: "Potentially".

"[Comey] added that he has no indication thus far that Flynn has passed classified information to Kislyak, but he noted that 'the level of communication is unusual, '" she wrote.

The memo was partially declassified in 2018.

What is 'unmaking?' Through surveillance, intelligence agencies pick up conversations between people overseas and American citizens.

After asserting Rice's message showed no discussion of law enforcement matters or investigations took place, Pelton said: "the email clearly states that President Obama stressed that he was 'not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective".

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