By Garth Kant
Former FBI Director James Comey (Photo: Twitter)
WASHINGTON – Lost in all the hubbub and furor over President Trump’s firing of James Comey is that the former FBI director never complied with key a request from the House Intelligence Committee.
A March 15 letter from Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and ranking member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., to the chiefs of the CIA, FBI and NSA essentially asks for any evidence that the Obama administration requested surveillance information on the Trump and/or Clinton presidential campaigns.
House Intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.
One agency did not respond: the FBI.
The bureau has thus far provided just a smattering of a response.
The letter asks questions about “unmasking,” the revealing of names within the intelligence community of U.S. citizens whose communications were monitored during foreign surveillance.
It asks the spy agencies who the administration was surveilling, who asked for and shared the information on those people, and why.
The letter includes requests for:
- The spy agencies’ policies and procedures on unmasking and sharing the identities of surveilled U.S. citizens within and outside the agencies, and the number of people who can approve an unmasking.
- The number of any U.S. citizens unmasked between June 2016 and January 2017.
- The names of any unmasked U.S. citizens whose identities were shared because of requests from intelligence community agencies, law enforcement or senior executive branch officials between June 2016 and January 2017, and who were associated with presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and their associates in 2016.
- The names of any intelligence community agencies, law enforcement agencies, and/or senior executive branch officials that requested and/or authorized the unmasking and sharing the identities of any U.S. citizens, and who received that information.