Sen. Rand Paul: “This is VP Biden using the spying powers of the US to go after a political opponent. He’s caught red-handed here.”
A declassified document shows that presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden was one of many “officials who submitted requests to the National Security Agency at any point between 8 November 2016 and 31 January 2017, to unmask the identity of former National Security Advisor” Michael Flynn.
Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell declassified the list of former Obama officials. He sent the list to Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson.
The two senators released the list today.
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) May 13, 2020
Only yesterday, Biden claimed on Good Morning America that he did not have any knowledge “about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn.”
Biden tried to clarify without giving up too much information:
Biden was pressed again, and 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.”
However, Biden asked to view “an unmasked intercept” on January 12, 2017. That’s the same day The Washington Post published info about the phone call between then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Flynn.
Other big-time names on the list: former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, former DNI James Clapper, former UN Ambassador Samantha Power, former Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul noted the hypocrisy:
.@RandPaul: “Remember we went through this thing called impeachment? They said President @realDonaldTrump was using the govt to go after a political opponent? This is VP Biden using the spying powers of the US to go after a political opponent. He’s caught red-handed here.” pic.twitter.com/r0j7falhQq
— The Hill (@thehill) May 13, 2020
Paul also asked Grenell “to testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Government Oversight next week” to answer questions about Biden and Obama:
“During my prior oversight of this matter, I met several dead ends, and I have many remaining questions in regard to President Obama’s administration abusing its authority,” Paul wrote to Grenell Wednesday. “Unlawful unmasking of U.S. persons should never be swept aside in hopes of being forgotten in time.”
I wonder if Paul could ask this question:
All of these Obama admin clowns had to provide "justification" for their requests to unmask Michael Flynn.
Power, Comey, Brennan, Clapper and many others made requests before the December 29 Flynn-Kislyak phone call.
What were all their justifications for it? pic.twitter.com/eAqgV2PanB
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 13, 2020
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