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 BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report Davis: 72 hours cementing the real choice for November Black Lives Matter, protesters sue Trump admin over aggressive crowd clearing MORE decided to drop charges against Flynn of lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia shortly before President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE took office.

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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 Nunes Sunday shows preview: Leaders weigh in as country erupts in protest over George Floyd death The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers 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.