The truth is out. As the Federalist’s Bre Payton reports:
Intelligence reports show then-President Elect Donald Trump and his transition team may have been monitored by agencies in the weeks after the election via “incidental collection,” a top Republican revealed in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
“I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the President-elect and his team were, I guess, at least monitored,” House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California), said.
Nunes explained “incidental collection” of information regarding the President-elect and his team occurred primarily in November through January according to reports.
Nunes comments come off the heels of FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress on Monday, during which he stated there was “no information” to confirm Donald Trump’s claims that he had been wiretapped by former President Barack Obama.
“I believe it was all obtained legally,” he said.
The question is why was it unmasked if it was unmasked, and then who was on the dissemination list and why was the list so broad? he added.
What did Nunes mean by “unmasked?”
If intelligence officials have obtained FISA court permission to monitor a foreign official, and they record a phone call or release a transcript that includes an interaction with an American citizen, that person’s name is immediately redacted and replaced with “American Person 1.” According to intelligence officials, the “unmasking” of that name is only done with an explicit authorization for a compelling reason.
If this did happen, there’s likely a very clear trail pointing to whomever ordered the “unmasking.”
Which means some Obama officials might have some explaining to do…