Lots of Donald Trump’s Friends & Associates “Survailled” by Obama and Clinton
News reports late Friday confirmed that many private US citizens connected with President Donald Trump’s campaign team were “unmasked” in intelligence information swept up in “incidental collection” that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes viewed last week at the White House.
The names were exposed by an individual who is not in the FBI, but is “very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world,” a source told reporters.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) now under left-media and Democrat fire for seeing the information, but not sharing it with his committee, now knows who the individual is, according to the reports.
“The main issue in this case, is not only the unmasking of these names of private citizens, but the spreading of these names for political purposes that have nothing to do with national security or an investigation into Russia’s interference in the US election,” a congressional source told reporters.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act only allows for individuals to be revealed in data collected incidentally when it is critical to the intelligence, and such information is only collected on US residents who communicate with foreign targets.
But in this case, according to the information put forth Friday, the names of private citizens connected to The Trump Presidential Campaign were revealed by the Obama Administration, and it was not out of national security concerns.
“Unmasking is not unprecedented, but unmasking for political purposes . . . specifically of Trump transition team members . . . is highly suspect and questionable,” an intelligence source told the network. “Opposition by some in the intelligence agencies who were very connected to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s campaign team was strong.
“After Donald Trump was elected, they (Obama and Clinton) decided they were going to ruin his Presidency by picking them off one by one.”
In addition, the incidental collection began before Donald Trump became the Republican Presidential nominee at last Summer’s RNC last July.
Mr. Nunes has known about the unmasking of the private citizens since January, before President-elect Trump kicked off the controversy with his 4 March Tweets alleging that former President Barack Hussein Obama had ordered wiretaps on his telephones in New York during the campaign last year.
Two intelligence sources approached Rep. Nunes about the unmasking, telling the Congressman who was responsible and at least 1 of the names that had been exposed.
The sources also gave Rep. Nunes the serial numbers of reports that documented the activity.
But when the Congressman asked intelligence agencies to see the reports, he was “stonewalled,” the media reported Friday night.
Rep. Nunes finally viewed the information last week, but only at a location that would not compromise the identities of the sources: the Old Executive Office Building in Washington, DC.
The location has a secured area where classified or similar information can be viewed, according to the report.
The White House did not tell Mr. Nunes that the reports existed, only helping him get access to them, the sources told reporters.
Notably, they were not the individuals named in a report by the NY-T’s Thursday as helping Rep. Nunes obtain the information, according to reporters.
On 22 March, Rep. Nunes told reporters that information was “incidentally collected” by US spy agencies on President Trump’s transition team, and those names were included in various intelligence reports.
He then briefed President Trump on the data, drawing fire from Democrats that included Vice Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA for not first providing the information to the intel committee panel members.
Rep. Nunes apologized the next day, saying that he briefed President Trump because the data had no connection to Russia or its investigation of Moscow’s role in the election.
Mr. Schiff was expected to view the information in a classified setting at the White House Friday.
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