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Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec revealed late Wednesday on Fox News that Attorney General Bill Barr has launched a third new probe related to the Russia collusion delusion hoax and conspiracy theory.
U.S. Attorney John Durham has been investigating the whole Russian collusion affair, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Jensen had been looking into the FBI’s mishandling of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s case and now U.S. Attorney John Bash is looking into the Obama administration’s unmasking requests, Kupec revealed.
“So John Durham, as part of his investigation, had been looking at the issue of unmasking,” she said while speaking on FNC’s “Hannity.”
“And the attorney general determined that certain aspects of unmasking needed to be reviewed separately, as a support to John Durham’s investigation. So, he tapped John Bash, one of our U.S. attorneys out of Texas, to do just that.”
Listen to her full remarks below (disable your adblocker if the video doesn’t appear):
(Source: Fox News)
It was recently revealed that dozens of Obama-era officials had in late 2016 and early 2017 requested that Flynn’s name be unmasked, and Barr would like to know why.
“Obviously, we know that unmasking inherently isn’t wrong. But, certainly, the frequency, the motivation and the reasoning behind unmasking can be problematic,” Kupec continued Wednesday.
“And when you’re looking at unmasking as part of a broader investigation, like John Durham’s investigation, looking specifically at who was unmasking whom can add a lot to our understanding about motivation and big-picture events.”
Retired Congressman Trey Gowdy, the former chair of the House Oversight Committee, revealed recently that unmasking was so prevalent in the Obama administration that even President Donald Trump’s family members were unmasked.
Continuing the discussion, host Sean Hannity noted this exact point to Kupec.
“I have been told by my sources now, Kerri, for years that there had been unmasking at an increase of threefold in the second term of the Obama administration,” he said.
“I have been told that even members of Donald Trump’s family have been unmasked, maybe members of the media have been unmasked, that there is a lot more that has taken place. Is — will the DOJ now look further into that issue? Why would there be a threefold increase in unmasking by — in the second term of the former president?”
Kupec replied by saying that these are some of the very reasons that Barr “determined that it was appropriate to look at unmasking as a support to John Durham’s investigation, and looking specifically at episodes both before and after the election.”
“And, like I said, the frequency, who was unmasking whom, these — all of these circumstances and events can shed light and give us a better understanding of what happened with respect to President Trump, his campaign, then, of course, what happened after he was elected as well,” she added.
In light of General Flynn’s unmasking by the Obama Administration, the job of Congress will be to perform oversight of these unmasking requests to ensure the process was used for legitimate national security concerns, not reprisals or political curiosity.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) May 13, 2020
I specifically want to know how many unmasking requests were made, if any, beyond General Flynn regarding members of the Trump campaign team, family, or associates.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) May 13, 2020
Hannity responded by changing the subject slightly and asking whether the DOJ plans to intervene again directly in Flynn’s case, which has been hijacked by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan.
After the Department of Justice dropped Flynn’s case around the start of the month, Sullivan bucked its authority by opening Flynn’s case up for outside comment, appointing a Clinton-era judge to argue against the DOJ and further directing that judge to look into whether Flynn should face additional charges for perjury.
“Now the DOJ, will they weigh in?” the FNC host asked.
“So, the D.C. Circuit has invited the Department of Justice to weigh in, and we will do so,” Kupec replied. “We will reiterate the arguments we made in our brief below, which is, we believe this case should be dropped.”
“And, certainly, as the prosecutors in the case, as the Department of Justice, we have the prosecutorial discretion to make that decision.”
Not to mention the information.
“Jeff Jensen, he’s the U.S. attorney who the A.G. appointed to review the Flynn case, 10 years a career prosecutor, spent 10 years also in the FBI,” she continued.
“When he completed his review of the Flynn case, he told the attorney general that, based on what we now know, he does not believe that any one of our 93 U.S. attorneys in the country would have continued to prosecute this case.”
As it stands, Sullivan is dealing with his own self-made problems thanks to the intransigence shown throughout the Flynn case — so much so that he’s reportedly hired an attorney of his own to represent him going forward.
Moreover, he’s been ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Distinct of Columbia to explain why he refuses to abide by the DOJ’s request and drop the case against Flynn.
Now: DC Circuit directs Judge Emmet Sullivan to respond to Mike Flynn’s appeal challenging his refusal to immediately dismiss prosecution at Barr Justice Department’s request. New order from appeals court: pic.twitter.com/qwRrgIyYCZ
— Mike Scarcella (@MikeScarcella) May 21, 2020
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