Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has been on the job for less than two months, but he’s already making a splash. This week, Grenell sent shockwaves through the media when he went to the Justice Department with a declassified list of the Obama administration officials involved in the controversial (and possibly illegal) “unmasking” of Michael Flynn.
It’s the latest move towards justice in the case of Flynn and the Russia investigation as a whole. Taken together, it’s clear that Grenell, Attorney General William Barr, and other Trump administration officials are looking to correct some major injustices stemming from the Russia hoax.
From ABC News:
Grenell, who remains the U.S. ambassador to Germany along with being the acting DNI, visited the Justice Department last week and brought the list with him, according to the official.
His visit indicates his focus on an issue previously highlighted in 2017 by skeptics of the investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia, specifically allegations that former officials improperly unveiled Flynn’s identity from intercepts of his call with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Grenell’s visit came the same week that Attorney General William Barr moved to dismiss the criminal case against Flynn following his guilty plea for lying to the FBI about his conversations with Kislyak.
The Flynn unmasking made headlines in early 2017 because it violated the general’s constitutional rights. “Rules state that if an American with Constitutional protections is collaterally caught in such surveillance, his or her identity must be protected,” reported Fox News at the time. The Obama officials responsible for spreading Flynn’s name throughout the bureaucracy could be guilty of a felony that carries a punishment of up to 10 years in prison.
ABC News reported: “Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice has openly acknowledged unmasking the identities of some senior Trump officials during the presidential transition but has strenuously denied ever leaking any identities and said nothing she did was politically motivated.”
Make sense of that one if you can. She had admitted unmasking…but she denies leaking identities? We suppose this is supposed to mean that she kept the unmasked names to herself, but if you buy that song and dance, you probably still think the FBI was justified in threatening Flynn with a violation of the Logan Act. Hell, you might even believe there was justification for the Mueller investigation.
We have a strong feeling that the Flynn prosecution is just the first domino getting ready to topple as Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham investigate the investigators. Justice, at last, may be served.