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Mike Flynn’s name was NOT unmasked in intelligence report on his call with Russia’s ambassador

Fired Trump national security advisor Mike Flynn’s name was never redacted in an FBI report about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, including to a new report.

The revelation comes as congressional Republicans continue to push for information on which Obama administration officials’ ‘unmasked’ Flynn and had his name revealed from within intelligence documents.

According to a Washington Post report, Flynn’s name was included in FBI reports of his conversations with Kislyak. 

Mike Flynn’s name was reportedly included in an FBI document of his conversations with Russia’s then-ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in December 2016

The revelation follows the Trump administration’s declassifying of documents that reveal which Obama administration figures sought unmasking information on Flynn in the final days of Obama’s term.  

Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally who is probing the Flynn prosecution and start of the Russia probe, asked Tuesday in a letter to Director of National Intelligence Ric Grennel ‘did not contain a record showing who unmasked’ Flynn in the Kislyak calls.

A number of the dates shown among those requests occurred before Flynn’s December 29, 2016 calls with Kislyak – raising questions about what intelligence intercepts he was showing up in.

The FBI, not the National Security Agency which has its own network of high-tech eavesdropping techniques, that scooped up Flynn, former officials told the paper. The bureau included Flynn’s name in documents it circulated because it was necessary to understanding the content.

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Kislyak. President Trump has attacked ‘dirty, filthy cops’ for the prosecution of his former aide.  

The development comes as former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice and other Democrats called for transcripts of Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak to be released. On Wednesday Flynn’s lawyer Sidney Powell also called for called for transcripts to be released.

Parts of the conversations has been publicly reported.  

Former FBI Director James Comey warned President Barack Obama of the potential incoming national security advisor Mike Flynn might pass information to the Russians, according to a newly declassified memo. 

The memo, which Rice sent to herself on her final day in office, memorializes a White House meeting several days earlier where Obama and top officials discussed potential risks posed by Flynn. 

A portion of the document formerly classified as ‘Top Secret’ has now been revealed.  

Former FBI Director James Comey warned President Barack Obama in 2017 that Mike Flynn had an 'unusual' amount of communication with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. before taking office as Donald Trump's national security advisor

Former FBI Director James Comey warned President Barack Obama in 2017 that Mike Flynn had an ‘unusual’ amount of communication with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. before taking office as Donald Trump’s national security advisor

‘From a national security perspective, Comey said he does have some concerns that incoming NSA Flynn is speaking frequently with Russian Ambassador Kislyak,’ Rice wrote about the January 5, 2017 meeting.

‘Comey said that could be an issue as it relates to sharing sensitive information. President Obama asked if Comey was saying that the [National Security Council] should not pass sensitive information related to Russia to Flynn,’ she continued. 

Comey’s response was that was ‘potentially the case.’ According to Fox News, Comey continued that there weren’t indications Flynn passed on classified information to the Russina ambassador, but noted  ‘the level of communication is unusual.’

U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) meets with Vice President Joseph Biden (2nd L), Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and National Security Adviser Susan Rice (R) in the Oval Office of the White House January 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. President Obama spoke on the gunmen attack at the office of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. Two days earlier, top Obama administration members discussed Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn's contacts with the Russian ambassador

U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) meets with Vice President Joseph Biden (2nd L), Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and National Security Adviser Susan Rice (R) in the Oval Office of the White House January 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. President Obama spoke on the gunmen attack at the office of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. Two days earlier, top Obama administration members discussed Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn’s contacts with the Russian ambassador

Vice President Joe Biden was present during the 2017 meeting

Vice President Joe Biden was present during the 2017 meeting

President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

'From a national security perspective, Comey said he does have some concerns that incoming NSA Flynn is speaking frequently with Russian Ambassador Kislyak,' Rice wrote in an email to herself

‘From a national security perspective, Comey said he does have some concerns that incoming NSA Flynn is speaking frequently with Russian Ambassador Kislyak,’ Rice wrote in an email to herself

Also present at the meeting were then-Vice President Joe Biden and deputy attorney general Sally Yates. 

The memo was partially declassified in 2018. In it, Rice states that Obama wanted the matter handled ‘by the book.’ 

‘President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the intelligence and law enforcement communities ‘by the book,’” wrote herself. 

“The president stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.” 

 Comey ‘affirmed that he was proceeding “by the book” as it relates to law enforcement,’ according to the memo. 

‘The President asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Comey said he would,’ Rice concludes.

The network obtained the memo from Republican Sen. Ron Johnson’s office. 

U.S. intelligence intercepts had already picked up communications between Flynn and Kislyak. Numerous officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, sought to ‘unmask’ Flynn’s name from intelligence reports, including to information declassified by the Trump administration last week.

Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell declassified the document, as well as the unmasking information. 

Trump at a cabinet meeting Tuesday praised Grenell unreservedly. 

‘What a job. I think you’ll go down as the all time great acting ever at any position,’ said Trump, after Grenell gave remarks calling for transparency. 

One Trump ally concluded that the memo proves that Flynn was being targeted by Obama’ inner sanctum. 

But it has been previously reported that Obama warned Trump not to hire Flynn months before the meetin, and that Trump proceeded anyway. He would fire Flynn after just weeks on the job. He said he did so because Flynn was not truthful with Vice President Mike Pence about his own Russia contacts.  

Former Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak

Former Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak

A National Security Agency document signed by Director General Paul Nakasone lists then-Vice President Joe Biden as among those who requested and may have received information on Flynn in the final days of the Obama administration or were otherwise involved in his unmasking.

The leaked memo immediately set off a clash in Washington, with Trump tearing into Biden, his presumed 2020 opponent, for unmasking, which he connected to the prosecution of Flynn, which he termed a disgrace.

‘When I see what is happening to him, it’s disgraceful,’ Trump said of Flynn. ‘And it was all a ruse. And by the way the FBI said he didn’t lie,’ Trump said at the White House Wednesday.

The new unmasking document appears to reveal which official or officials ordered Flynn’s name be ‘unmasked’ from intelligence reports, although it also includes hedging language. U.S. citizens have their names blacked out in such reports, although certain officials have the authority to unseal the information. 

In Biden’s case, he gained access to the documents on January 12, 2016 – a little over a week before he left office. Almost all of the other requests were before the December 29 call. 

A newly declassified memo lists officials who submitted requests to the NSA to unmask Gen. Mike Flynn in intelligence documents

A newly declassified memo lists officials who submitted requests to the NSA to unmask Gen. Mike Flynn in intelligence documents

Biden's name appears last on the chronological list, with many requests before December 29

Biden’s name appears last on the chronological list, with many requests before December 29

It listed those who 'may have received' Flynn's identity

It listed those who ‘may have received’ Flynn’s identity

A newly declassified memo lists officials who submitted requests to the NSA to unmask Gen. Mike Flynn in intelligence documents

A newly declassified memo lists officials who submitted requests to the NSA to unmask Gen. Mike Flynn in intelligence documents

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