During his time in office, Barack Obama abused his power as the scandals piled up.
And there was one crime he was desperate to keep secret.
But Trey Gowdy’s committee has just uncovered it, and it’s bad news for Obama.
The real scandal to be unearthed during the Russia investigation was the unmasking of Trump officials caught up in foreign surveillance.
Americans identities are supposed to be protected when they are caught up in wiretaps of foreigners under surveillance, but officials with the proper clearance can request their unmasking in order to help them understand the intelligence.
But this practice took a dark turn during Obama’s final months in office.
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn fell victim to Obama’s unmasking.
In December, it was leaked to a Washington Post columnist that he was speaking with the Russia Ambassador.
His conversation was perfectly normal, but the illegal leaks created a cloud of scandal that ultimately led to his resignation.
For months, conservatives have been calling for Congress to dig into the Obama administration’s use of unmasking, and now Trey Gowdy and the House Intelligence Committee are stepping up their probe.
A central figure is former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power.
Power made 260 unmasking requests, which is an outrageous number for anyone, but especially given the fact she did not hold an official intelligence position.
The Daily Caller reports:
“The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is ramping up investigation into former President Barack Obama administration’s campaign to “unmask” President Donald Trump aides who were incidentally surveilled in meetings with foreign officials, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.
The committee is also intensifying a probe into Fusion GPS, a private “opposition research” company that distributed a salacious memo on Trump, called the “Trump Dossier.”
Over the next two weeks the House committee is expected to privately interview former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, who reportedly unmasked or identified as many as 260 Americans, primarily Trump campaign or transition officials.
Power was so aggressive in her efforts to unmask Trump aides, she asked U.S intelligence officials on nearly a daily basis to “unmask” or identify Trump officials who had passing contacts with foreign officials, according to a Fox News report on Sept. 20.
Power was trying to compile the information on behalf of other Obama intelligence officials, former U.S. Attorney Joseph DiGenova told TheDCNF. “Her aggressive use of unmasking requests sends a very, very suspicious signal that she was working hand in glove with somebody to get information,” he said.”
Determining the source of the unmasking could allow investigators to know who had access to the information and who broke the law by leaking it to the press.
This criminal activity was the worst abuse of Obama’s time in office because it was done with the intention of nullifying the 2016 election and forcing Trump from office.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this case.