The Obama Administration featured some unsavory characters that undoubtedly did our country more harm than good. Now, some of those people are under investigation to find out if they broke the law.
Breitbart reported that the former White House National Security Advisor under President Obama, Ben Rhodes, is now under a formal investigation. The scandal involves Obama officials secretly spying on President Trump and his associates, then unmasking them to the public. Their goal was strictly political gain, and laws seem to have been broken.
It started with a letter that was sent out to the NSA from the House Intelligence Committee. The purpose of the letter is to discover how many “unmaskings” Rhodes asked for between January 1st, 2016, until January 20th, 2017.
Normally names of American citizens are “masked” to protect their identity since law prevents unwarranted domestic spying on U.S. citizens. An unmasking can only occur under the right conditions, and a request must be issued before the identification of the person can be released.
Rhodes made hundreds of requests during the last year of Obama’s presidency. Once a person has been “unmasked,” that gleaned information cannot be leaked to the public under any circumstance.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), stated that “[The Committee] found evidence that current and former government officials had easy access to U.S. person information and that it is possible that they used this information to achieve partisan political purposes, including the selective, anonymous leaking of such information.”
In other words, there is a strong indication that Rhodes obtained information about then-candidate Trump and his associates during the election and has been “slow leaking” the information to the public in an attempt to discredit the president.
While it may not be illegal to request the unmasking of someone, it is certainly illegal to loosely release that information to the media–a media that already has bad intentions targeting Trump.
The intercepted intelligence reports appeared to have nothing to do with the Russians, scandals, or even national security. For the most part, the clips essentially contained Americans talking to foreigners, and a few brief discussions on who the next US president will be.
Simply discussing thoughts on who will win the election is not grounds for an unmasking. The rule for unmasking is supposed to be used when something major is occurring; for example, if our national security is put on the line.
Considering the number of searches tripled during the last year of Obama’s presidency compared to 2013, it is evident that something isn’t right. At the time of these requests, the words Russia, collusion, and Trump were not even connected.
It seems odd that Obama administration operatives would increase the number of searches without having a valid reason. Unless, of course, it was all for political gain and they believed that by selectively leaking information, they could turn people against Trump.
To this day, despite all the unmaskings, not a single piece of evidence has been located affiliating President Trump with Russia, Vladimir Putin, or anyone close to him.