U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, John Durham is “going full throttle” and “looking at everything” when it comes to reviewing the origins of the Russia-Trump investigation, says Fox News. Although Attorney General Bill Barr has dropped the case against Flynn, the desire to get to the bottom of the repulsive lying, spying, and deceit prevail; and things are getting juicy.
Richard Grenell, the acting Director of National Intelligence has declassified information as to which Obama administration officials were behind the “unmasking” of Flynn, “whose calls with the former Russian Ambassador during the presidential transition were picked up in surveillance and later leaked- and their names could soon be made public” a source told Fox News.
Unmasking has become a prevalent term as of late. “Unmasking occurs after U.S. citizens’ conversations are incidentally picked up in conversations with foreign officials who are being monitored by the intelligence community” reports Fox News. However, the “U.S. citizens’ identities are supposed to be protected if their participation is incidental and no wrongdoing is suspected.”
It has been determined that “officials in the Obama administration have acknowledged that they unmasked some Americans in intelligence reports, but insisted that their reasons were legitimate.” The only problem is, it’s too easy to claim legitimacy when bias is fueling one’s reasoning. According to ABC News, “former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice has openly acknowledged unmasking the identities of some senior Trump officials during the presidential transition but has strenuously denied ever leaking any identities and said nothing she did was politically motivated.”
Susan Rice declaring she was not politically motivated, during the contentious election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? Doubtful. The Justice Department has said after reviewing newly disclosed materials they agree that Flynn’s “January 24, 2017 interview with the FBI should never have taken place because he had not had inappropriate contacts with Russians. The interview, the department said, was ‘conducted without any legitimate investigative basis” reported Fox News.
Additionally, “breadcrumbs were being dropped in the days preceding the decision” for Flynn’s case to be reconsidered. Those breadcrumbs included unsealed documents by the Justice Department which revealed dishonesty by FBI agents. The documents revealed agents’ “motivations” for interviewing Flynn in the Russia probe. Specifically, “questioning whether they wanted to ‘get him to lie’ so he’d be fired or prosecuted, or get him to admit wrongdoing” revealed Fox News. Durham is expected to wrap his investigation by the end of the summer.