Mark Levin on Flynn intercepts: 'What did Barack Obama know, and when did he know it?'

Mark Levin on Flynn intercepts: 'What did Barack Obama know, and when did he know it?'
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Conservative syndicated radio host Mark Levin took aim at former President Obama in his latest broadcast, questioning his possible role in a decision to record former national security adviser Michael Flynn's calls as a private citizen to Russia's ambassador to the U.S.

“What did Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden's belated filibuster decision: A pretense of principle at work Obama, Springsteen releasing book based on their podcast 10 books that take readers inside the lives of American leaders MORE know, and when did he know it?” Levin asked to begin Wednesday night's program. “Where did the orders come from to intercept these phone calls? To record these phone calls? And, most importantly, who knew about it?”

The recording of a Dec. 29 conversation between Flynn and Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, was reportedly intercepted by the U.S. government under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Flynn resigned as national security adviser Monday evening, with the Trump administration saying he misled Vice President Pence about what was said on that call.


Levin, who worked as a chief of staff for Attorney General Ed Meese under former President Reagan, said the ability to get approval to record the calls of a private citizen like Flynn is a complicated process that should not be ignored.

“It is not that simple to get authorization from the FISA court, particularly when it comes to private citizens,” Levin said. “So the question is how many of these phone calls were intercepted and recorded by the Obama administration?”

“This, ladies and gentlemen, is the real scandal,” Levin concluded. “Because even The New York Times has to admit that there is no evidence that Michael Flynn broke the law by communicating with his Russian counterparts."

Levin also cautioned that other members of the Trump administration may have had their calls intercepted by the Obama administration during the transition period.

“I don’t believe this intercept was a one-off,” he said. “I suspect there have been a lot more intercepts, and I don’t believe that he is the only one.”

Retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward is expected to fill the role of President Trump's national security adviser, with an announcement expected this week.