May 19, 2020

Chairman Graham to DNI Grenell, AG Barr: Provide Committee with Names of Officials Who Unmasked Trump Campaign, Transition Team

WASHINGTON – Last week, Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell released a list of 39 officials who submitted a request to unmask the identity of former National Security Advisor Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn (ret.) from November 8, 2016 to January 31, 2017.

Given this extensive list of officials making frequent requests to unmask General Flynn’s identity, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) sent a letter to Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Richard Grenell and Attorney General (AG) William Barr to ask that the Committee be provided with the names of any official who made a request to unmask the identity of individuals associated with the Trump campaign or transition team.

Graham wrote: “Given the extensive number of requests for the unmasking of General Flynn’s name during this short time period, it raises the question of whether these or other officials sought the unmasking of the identities of other individuals associated with the Trump campaign or transition team.”

Graham requested the following:

  1. A list of names of any officials who requested, between November 8, 2016, and January 31, 2017, to unmask the identities of those associated with the Trump campaign or transition team, including but not limited to Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort, Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Sam Clovis, Chris Christie, Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, and the reason given for any such request.
  2. An explanation as to why the list released on May 13th by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence did not contain a record showing who unmasked General Flynn’s identity for his phone call with Ambassdor Kislyak.

The full text of Graham’s letter can be found HERE.