Wave of senior Obama officials now being probed for illegal unmasking

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A source close to the House Intelligence Committee’s review of the Obama administration’s alleged “unmasking” of American citizens reported that the number of people thought to be responsible for the misuse of intelligence could be growing.

According to Fox News, the source said that more than a half-dozen former senior Obama administration officials are now of interest to investigators, in addition to those already named in the probe. Those include former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan and former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power.

Following allegations that Rice and others unmasked associates of then-presidential-candidate Donald Trump, Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., in May issued subpoenas to the CIA, FBI and NSA for records regarding the identification of American citizens in intelligence reports, also known as “unmasking.”

The subpoenas covered 2016, and have reportedly been “fully complied.”

Rice is expected to testify before the committee in a closed-door session soon, with the “unmasking” being a focal issue.

Some of the unmasking that occurred might have been routine, the source said, although other requests appeared “unwarranted” and will require “more explanation.” House investigators are reportedly just beginning their assessment of “a significant number of records.”

Erin Pelton, Rice’s spokeswoman, previously told the Associated Press that Rice is complying with House and Senate intelligence committees.

In March, Rice told PBS she “knew nothing” about the unmasking of Trump’s associates.

Rice’s story changed in April when she admitted having requested the identities of U.S. citizens in intelligence reports. The former National Security Adviser labeled the requests as routine and denied leaking any information related to Trump or his campaign.

Rice told MSNBC, “I leaked nothing to nobody, and never have.”

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