According to the Wall Street Journal, President Trump’s top intelligence adviser has declassified the names of Obama administration officials who requested the “unmasking” of former Trump national security adviser General Mike Flynn.
Earlier, DNI Grenell was seen delivering a satchel of documents to the DOJ last week and according to reports, he also discussed the list of Obama officials involved in unmasking Flynn.
The names of the officials who were involved in unmasking General Flynn in his calls to Kislyak have not been released to the public yet.
ABC News stated that DNI Grenell’s visit indicates his focus on an issue previously highlighted in 2017 by skeptics of the investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia, specifically allegations that former officials improperly unveiled Flynn’s identity from intercepts of his call with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Grenell’s visit came the same week that Attorney General William Barr moved to dismiss the criminal case against Flynn.
Barr has said that new information revealed in recent weeks about the conduct of FBI officials involved in the interview of Flynn showed that their investigation was not “legitimate.”
“They did not have a basis for a counterintelligence investigation against Flynn at that stage, based on a perfectly legitimate and appropriate call he made as a member of the transition,” Barr said in an interview with CBS last week.
Critics of President Trump including nearly 2,000 former DOJ officials, have argued the move was part of a pattern of Barr looking to undermine an investigation that was politically damaging for for the President. The officials called for Barr to resign over his intervention in the case.