House Intel Committee investigation heats up; issue subpoenas naming three Obama-era officials

Pull up a chair and pass the popcorn, it’s about to get fun.

The U.S. House Intelligence Committee has finally expanded its investigation beyond the alleged Russia-Trump camp connection to examine the real crimes that may have been committed — by the Obama administration.

Clip via Fox News Channel

The committee served three intelligence agencies with subpoenas, requesting evidence of unmasking requests of Americans by three Obama-era officials: former White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan, and, most surprising, former U.N. ambassador Samantha Power.

The subpoenas were signed by committee chairman Devin Nunes and served upon the National Security Agency, the FBI and the CIA, according to Fox News, which reported:

The inclusion of Power’s name on the subpoenas marks the first appearance of the former U.N. ambassador in the controversy surrounding the Obama administration’s use of unmasking. Capitol Hill sources told Fox News they are devoting increasing scrutiny to Power – a former historian and winner of the Pulitzer Prize who worked as a foreign policy adviser in the Senate office of Barack Obama before joining his administration – because they have come to see her role in the unmasking as larger than previously known, and eclipsing those of the other former officials named.


Rice initially denied having requested the unmasking of any names of Americans on intelligence reports, but later came clean and admitted that she may have while denying that she’d leaked those names to anyone.

Former U.S. prosecutor and National Review contributing editor Andrew McCarthy Was asked about this latest development Wednesday night.

“You don’t issue a subpoena unless you haver a good-faith bases to believe the documents you’re asking for exist,” he told Fox News host Martha MacCallum. “The suggestion is that these three officials — Rice, Brennan and Power — are involved in the unmasking.”

While the names Rice and Brennan made obvious sense, McCarthy found the Power request to be “peculiar” because “here job is really diplomatic.”

MacCallum observed that Rep. Trey Gowdy had specifically asked at a committee hearing if any ambassador had requested the unmasking of names, suggesting that perhaps he knew of such activity by Power.

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