The scandal surrounding Barack Obama spying on Donald Trump continues to grow.
Americans were shocked to learn that Obama officials had unmasked Trump associates caught up in surveillance – and then leaked the classified intelligence for political gain.
Now the House Intelligence Committee is expanding their investigation and it’s bad news for Obama’s Deep State conspiracy.
Fox News reports:
“The House and Senate intelligence committees are expanding their investigation into the so-called “unmasking” controversy, Fox News has learned, to examine whether other candidates or lawmakers beyond President Trump’s associates were affected.
Until now, the investigation focused on how the identities and communications of Trump transition members were collected by U.S. intelligence agencies and then revealed to, and disseminated among, high-ranking members of the Obama administration.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., now plans to audit files from the National Security Agency and White House to determine whether identities and conversations of presidential candidates — or members of Congress — also were swept up during NSA surveillance of foreign leaders. He also plans to review whether Obama’s National Security Council and White House counsel collected and distributed the intelligence for reasons unrelated to foreign intelligence.
“We will be performing an accounting of all unmasking for political purposes focused on the previous White House administration,” a member of the committee told Fox News. “This is now a full-blown investigation.”
But the House Intelligence Committee is not the only front in this battle.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is also expanding their investigation.
Fox News reports:
“Staffers on the Senate committee told Fox News they also have expanded their investigation into whether presidential candidates were unmasked and information was misused — and what role former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, among others, played following reports that she requested Trump-affiliated names be unmasked.
For a private U.S. citizen to be “unmasked,” or named, in an intelligence report is extremely rare and typically only done if it has some foreign intelligence value. Typically, the American is a suspect in a crime, is in danger or has to be named to explain the context of the report.”
“Unmasking” became the focal point of the scandal when it was revealed that Susan Rice – Obama’s former National Security Advisor – requested the unmasking of the Trump officials swept up in surveillance.
Rice’s requests to unmask them may have violated the law if it was done so for political purposes.
And there is no evidence that the reports involved anything of foreign intelligence value.
The only reason Rice would choose to unmask the names in the reports was for political purposes.
Some experts have even referred to this as a “Watergate level crime”.
An expanded investigation is bad news for the former Obama administration.
The names of Trump officials were leaked after they were unmasked.
The only reason to unmask their names was so they could be leaked.
And the leaks were a felony.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.