While Democrats and their cohorts in the media continue to paper over the likely crimes committed by the Obama administration in the spying on and unmasking of Trump administration officials, the federal government’s investigation is not only moving forward… it is expanding.
In recent days, Democrat officials have told different members of the media that there just doesn’t seem to be anything untoward about the Obama administration’s decision to unmask various Trump officials. Though the Democrats have had a more difficult time explaining why Susan Rice was keeping such a close eye on the Trump team and on why the Obama administration would need to disseminate the ill-gotten info (and ill-unmasked info) far and wide across the government? Regardless, it seems that those Democrat officials who have been telling the media that there is “nothing to see here” may have been all wrong, because federal investigators seem to be finding many reasons to ratchet up their investigation.
Fox News reporters Adam Housley and Malia Zimmerman both appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s O’Reilly Factor to explain what investigators had found and why they were expanding their investigation.
The House and Senate intelligence committees are expanding their investigation into the so-called “unmasking” controversy, Fox News has learned, to examine whether other candidates or lawmakers beyond President Trump’s associates were affected…
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., now plans to audit files from the National Security Agency and White House to determine whether identities and conversations of presidential candidates — or members of Congress — also were swept up during NSA surveillance of foreign leaders. He also plans to review whether Obama’s National Security Council and White House counsel collected and distributed the intelligence for reasons unrelated to foreign intelligence.
“We will be performing an accounting of all unmasking for political purposes focused on the previous White House administration,” a member of the committee told Fox News. “This is now a full-blown investigation.”
Staffers on the Senate committee told Fox News they also have expanded their investigation into whether presidential candidates were unmasked and information was misused — and what role former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, among others, played following reports that she requested Trump-affiliated names be unmasked…
The intelligence reports that Rice and others in the administration reportedly assembled are similar to what a private investigator might piece together, congressional and U.S. intelligence sources said. In some cases, rather than documenting foreign intelligence, the files included salacious personal information that, if released, could be embarrassing or harmful to the person’s reputation, U.S. intelligence and House Intelligence Committee sources said.
These reports were then disseminated to about 20 to 30 people who had classified clearance in the Obama administration hierarchy, these sources said…
Sources told Fox News that names were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan — as well as Rice and her former deputy Ben Rhodes, even though the names were supposed to be reported only to the initial requester.
If the names were unmasked in intelligence reports and then leaked to the media for political reasons, it could constitute criminal behavior.