List of Obama officials allegedly involved in Flynn 'unmasking' declassified: ABC

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 BarrKellyanne Conway acknowledges Biden as apparent winner Trump Pentagon nominee alleged Biden 'coup': report Ex-FBI lawyer who falsified document in Trump-Russia probe seeks to avoid prison MORE decided to drop charges against Flynn of lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia shortly before President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE took office.


The dismissal of charges led to widespread criticism of the Justice Department. 

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 NunesBiden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Overnight Defense: Trump loyalist to lead Pentagon transition | Democrats ask VA for vaccine distribution plan | Biden to get classified intel reports Ex-Nunes aide linked to Biden conspiracy theories will lead Pentagon transition 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.