Top Obama administration officials purportedly requested to “unmask” the identity of Michael Flynn during the presidential transition period — including former VP Joe Biden — Your Content has learned.
What’s more, former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, former Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough, and former FBI Director James Comey are all on the list.
In Biden’s case, he gained access to the documents on January 12, 2016 – a little over a week before he left office.
Buried in the recently unsealed dossier — Biden is listed among a group of “recipients who may have received Lt. Gen. Flynn’s identity in response to a request processed between 8 November 2016 and 31 January 2017” to unmask an identity to unmask a name in an NSA intelligence report.
But the memo also refers to Biden as among a group of ‘principals’ – although it still stops short of confirming he ever saw the information.
The document, first obtained by the Washington Examiner, does not reveal which official or officials ordered Flynn’s name be ‘unmasked’ from intelligence reports.
“While the principals are identified below, we cannot confirm they saw the unmasked information. This response does not include any requests outside of the specified time-frame,” according to the memo.
The unsealing of the documents occured just a day after Biden told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” that he knew “nothing about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn,” and called the topic a “diversion” from the coronavirus pandemic.
“I knew nothing about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn,” Biden said when asked about Flynn’s prosecution on ABC’s This Week’ Sunday.
“This is all about diverting attention from the horrible way in which he has acted,” Biden said of President Trump.
“We don’t have coronavirus because of him, but we have the devastating impact of it because of his lack of a policy, because of his lack of action. It’s all about diversion.”
After intense pressure, Biden clarified: “I thought you asked me whether or not I had anything to do with him being prosecuted. I’m sorry. … I was aware that there was—that they asked for an investigation, but that’s all I know about it, and I don’t think anything else.”
U.S. citizens have their names blacked out in such reports, although certain officials have the authority to unseal the information.
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