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Several Republican senators on Wednesday released the names of top Obama administration officials who had put in "unmasking" requests and might have gotten the identity of Michael Flynn, Mr. Trump's former national security adviser who was captured on tape talking to Russia's former ambassador before Mr. Trump was sworn in. "Each individual was an authorized recipient of the original report and the unmasking was approved through NSA's standard process".

Unmasking occurs when intelligence officials need more context about the surveillance on a foreign actor to make sense of the information they have received. They got poisoned with this Russian Federation hoax, " Nunes said.

Trump's alleged request of FBI Director Jim Comey to drop the Flynn investigation was later used by Comey to demand a special counsel probe into obstruction of justice - which resulted in the Mueller investigation.

"That's why, I, by the way, am going to be spending as much time as necessary and campaigning as hard as I can for Joe Biden", said Obama. For example, if a USA person were communicating with a known foreign spy, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation or a senior counterintelligence official would probably have a need to know that fact and could request the unmasking.

Ever since Michael Flynn resigned as Donald Trump's national security adviser three years ago, Trump and his allies have taken an interest in the practice of "unmasking".

The intelligence community frequently monitors the correspondence of foreign actors - non-national individuals or groups that hold political influence - including businessmen and ambassadors operating on US soil, according to Business Insider.

Only senior officials can request unmasking, and each request is reviewed by officials at the agency that generated the intelligence report.

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A memo signed by General Paul Nakasone, director of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), said the list includes identities of any officials who submitted requests to the agency at any point between November 8, 2016 and January 31, 2017 to unmask the identity of Flynn, also a senior advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Attorney General William Barr has said dropping the case against Flynn was in the interests of justice. Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trump has been criticized as essentially abdicating any leadership role in guiding the country through one of its worst crises in a century, leaving states on their own to grapple with the pandemic and even bid against each other to obtain critical medical equipment on the open market or overseas. Russian Federation has repeatedly denied meddling in US elections.

The U.S. has a sitting president accusing the former president "of being part of a treasonous conspiracy to undermine his presidency, " Graham said.

"I have no recollection of making a request related to General Flynn".

Which is why, within the wake of Trump's latest barrage of tweets and feedback, his allies are flagging this outdated Obama tweet, and roasting. the heck out of it.

He has increasingly lashed out in the year since Mueller's report, which identified substantial contacts between Trump associates and Russian Federation but did not accuse him of a crime or allege a criminal conspiracy between his campaign and the Kremlin.

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