Friday, May 15, 2020

Who Beyond Flynn Was "Unmasked?"

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Yesterday we learned that as many as 39 Obama administration officials unmasked and spied on General Michael Flynn between December 2016 and President Trump's inauguration in January 2020---including then-Vice President Biden.

This raises a lot of questions.

One of which is, "Who else was spied upon?"

Not surprisingly there were others.

Be informed.

I mentioned yesterday that Republican Senators Grassley and Johnson wrote a letter this week, making public the names of people who used their security clearance to unmask the file on Gen. Michael Flynn---all in the final days of the Obama presidency.

Joe Biden, among others, spied on Flynn who was to be Trump's national intelligence adviser.

The Senators said in their letter that this revealing of the names was "one step forward in an important effort to get to the bottom of what the Obama administration did during the Russian investigation and to Lt. General Flynn."

They said, "We will continue to review this information and push for additional relevant disclosures until we are satisfied that the American people know the full truth."

Flynn is the "tip of the iceberg."

Were Obama officials like CIA Director John Brennan, James Comey, or others such surrogates sleuthing through other files?

Many informed officials think so.

Former Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy told Fox's "American Newsroom" Thursday morning that there "was an unmasking request made the morning of the inauguration,"

He says, "President Trump's family members' names were unmasked."

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham has released a statement saying:
"I specifically want to know how many unmasking requests were made, if any, beyond General Flynn regarding members of the Trump campaign team, family, or associates."

He said he will hold a series of "in-depth" hearings, starting early in June on Crossfire Hurricane [Flynn] and other Obama administration abuses.

He said,
“Our first phase will deal with the government’s decision to dismiss the Flynn case as well as an in-depth analysis of the unmasking requests made by Obama Administration officials against General Flynn. We must determine if these requests were legitimate. Our next area of inquiry, later this summer, will be oversight building upon the Horowitz report about FISA abuses against Carter Page. My goal is to find out why and how the system got so off the rails.”

“Finally," he said, "we will look at whether Robert Mueller should have ever been appointed as Special Counsel. Was there legitimate reason to conclude the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russians?”

Thursday morning President Trump said he believes President Obama should testify, given his January 5, 2017, Oval Office meeting in which he discussed the monitoring of General Flynn.

Many agree with the President.

Graham says he's "greatly concerned about the precedent that would be set by calling a former president for oversight. No president is above the law. However, the presidency has executive privilege claims against other branches of government."

He continued, "We have the sitting president (Trump) accusing the former president (Obama) of being part of a treasonous conspiracy to undermine his presidency."

Graham noted that "To say we are living in unusual times is an understatement."


"Pastor Pence" spoke to these unusual times last week.

Last week on the National Day of Prayer, Vice President Pence thanked Americans for their prayers and urged them to be "persistent" in praying for those fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

He said the American people have long believed in the power of prayer,
"That the effective and fervent prayer of a righteous person availeth much, and that in everything in prayer and petition with thanksgiving, we're to present our request to God with the promise that the peace of God that passes all understanding will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus."

Standing beside President Trump in the Rose Garden, paraphrasing 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Vice President said this:

“On this National Day of Prayer, as we pray for the American people, for every American of every creed, let’s do so with faith in those ancient words that Americans have clung to throughout our history: ‘That if His people who are called by His name will humble themselves and pray … He’ll do like He’s always done throughout every challenging hour in the history of this nation. He’ll hear from Heaven, and He’ll heal this land.”

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.