Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell declassified a list of Obama administration officials believed to be involved in the “unmasking” of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to ABC News.
U.S. law requires identifying information of U.S. persons picked up during foreign surveillance be hidden, or “masked.” Only high-ranking intelligence officials, such as Grenell, can request those identities be revealed.
Grenell brought the list with him to a visit to the Justice Department last week, according to the network. His visit was the same week that Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBannon's subpoena snub sets up big decision for Biden DOJ Five takeaways: Report details Trump's election pressure campaign Biden slips further back to failed China policies MORE decided to drop charges against Flynn of lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia shortly before President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE took office.
In May 2019, Trump gave Barr the power to declassify government intelligence before the Justice Department audited the Russia probe.
Republican Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: Pelosi announces date for infrastructure vote; administration defends immigration policies LIVE COVERAGE: Ways and Means begins Day 2 on .5T package Biden faces unfinished mission of evacuating Americans MORE (Calif.), ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, has accused the Obama administration of improper unmasking of Trump transition officials.
Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice said she unmasked the identities of Trump officials during the transition, according to ABC.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence did not immediately respond to an inquiry from The Hill.
Updated: 10:56 a.m.