Trump: Obama Officials ‘Should Be Going to Jail’ for Unmasking Flynn
'Greatest political scam, hoax in the history of our country'
President Donald Trump weighed in on the list of Obama officials who reportedly “unmasked” members of his 2016 campaign, including former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
The list also includes former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump described unmasking as the “greatest political crime” in the history of the United States, adding that Obama officials should face immediate consequences.
Speaking with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, Trump said:
“It was the greatest political crime in the history of our country."
“If I were a Democrat instead of a Republican, I think everybody would have been in jail a long time ago, and I’m talking with 50-year sentences."
"It is a disgrace what’s happened," the president added.
"This is the greatest political scam, hoax in the history of our country.”
Trump also blasted the Obama administration for its role in trying to trap Flynn.
“People should be going to jail for this stuff, and hopefully, a lot of people are going to have to pay,” Trump said.
“No other president should have to go through, and I’ll tell you, Gen. Flynn and others are heroes, heroes, because what’s happened to them.
"They weren’t after Gen. Flynn. They wanted him to lie about me. Make up a story.”
Fox Business’ @MariaBartiromo has an exclusive interview with President Trump this morning on @MorningsMaria in which he discusses the Flynn unmasking and what Joe Biden knew. pic.twitter.com/gs16CSF4Ph— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) May 14, 2020
The term “unmasking” is in reference to requests to intelligence agencies to identify certain individuals referred to in the National Security Administration (NSA).
The case in question refers to foreign intelligence reports tracking certain Russian officials, including a former Russian ambassador.
Obama administration officials requested to identify Trump's team members when Russian officials placed calls to them.
.@TeamTrump statement from @parscale on Biden’s request to unmask Gen. Flynn:— Erin Perrine (@ErinMPerrine) May 13, 2020
“Joe Biden’s limp claim that he doesn’t know anything about the railroading of Gen. Michael Flynn just got even more unbelievable.” pic.twitter.com/6fUoW6PfS6
The reason was that the Obama White House was scanning for evidence that the Trump team was conspiring with Russia.
On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paull called for Biden to answer to his actions after it was revealed he unmasked Flynn.
Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell declassified a list of Obama officials behind the unmasking of then-incoming National Security Advisor Flynn.
Neon Nettle reported the full list of names of those who requested the unmasking of Flynn’s name on Wednesday.
Despite Biden being among those listed in the report, his rapid response director, Andrew Bates, called it a partisan attack and that “all normal procedures were followed”
“These documents have absolutely nothing to do with any FBI investigation, and they confirm that all normal procedures were followed — any suggestion otherwise is a flat out lie,” Bates said.
“What’s more, it’s telling that these documents were selectively leaked by Republicans abusing their congressional powers to act as arms of the Trump campaign after having them provided by a partisan official installed for this very purpose.”