The FBI, the CIA, and the NSA all received subpoenas this Wednesday from the House Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into the unmasking of Americans swept up in government surveillance.
There are two parts to this investigation:
1) What the Obama Administration did or did not do with surveillance.
2) What the Trump Administration did or did not do with surveillance.
The three subpoenas address the first part of the investigation, referencing the “unmasking” and citing three top Obama officials: former national security adviser Susan Rice, former UN ambassador Samantha Power, and former CIA director John Brennan.
As I wrote in a previous article, Susan Rice requested the unmasking of US persons’ names in the classified documents obtained by the House Intelligence Committee – these documents proved the Obama Administration spied on members of Trump’s transition team.
Samantha Power’s name comes as a bit of a surprise, as this is the first time her name has come up in the investigation. Capitol Hill sources reportedly told Fox News they have “come to see her role in the unmasking as larger than previously known, and eclipsing those of the other former officials named.”
The Intelligence Committee sent out four additional subpoenas, at the request of ranking Democrat Adam Schiff (D-CA), that focus on the alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
These subpoenas are believed to target Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who was fired for allegedly misleading VP Mike Pence about conversations he had had with the Russian ambassador, and longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
Investigative sources on the Intelligence Committee’s staff said the subpoenas are not a “fishing expedition,” but were issued based on evidence already in hand.
“We hope and expect that anyone called to testify or provide documents will comply with that request, so that we may gain all the information within the scope of our investigation” said Adam Schiff and fellow committee member Mike Conaway (R-TX). “We will continue to pursue this investigation wherever the facts may lead.”
The surveillance investigation began after President Trump claimed that Obama had “wiretapped” Trump Tower. Evidence has been found that Obama was spying on him, but (as expected) the mainstream media has been hesitant to follow the story.
Editor’s note: With a bit of luck this will snowball into something major. The civil rights violations of the Obama administration were blatant and serious, and Obama’s use of government resources to attack his opponents is disturbing to say the least.