Republicans also implicated in intel-related unmasking of Trump officials

Nunes had simultanesously gone on record as being "very concerned" over reports that intelligence officials had requested and received the names of Trump team members.
By Joyce Clark | Jun 05, 2017
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) publicly denounced former Obama security advisor Susan Rice over the alleged "unmasking" of Trump transition-team officials in intelligence reports, but Nunes' own House committee reportedly engaged in similar "unmasking" requests over the same time period. According to a newly released tally, the House Intelligence Committee investigation that Nunes led until last April made five to six requests to reveal the names of organizations or individuals connected to both the Trump and Clinton campaigns as it sought to determine whether and how Russia interfered in last year's U.S. elections.

Nunes had simultanesously gone on record as being "very concerned" over reports that intelligence officials had requested and received the names of Trump team members. He took the added step of making a clandestine visit to the White House to view documents pertaining to these unmasking incidentsa decision for which Nunes incurred heavy criticism that subsided only when he stepped down from the committee.

Nunes is still chair of the House Intelligence Committee, however. And he is still personally investigating the intelligence agencies' unmaskings on his own. He issued subpoenas to the CIA, FBI, and NSA this week seeking information for his investigation.

Intelligence reports frequently leave out names of individuals of interest, but intelligence officials can request to havei.e., "unmask"these names if doing so gives the report better context or more clarity. Nunes and other Republicans have accused Rice and other intelligence officials of seeking to unmask Trump team names to embarrass and undermine them.

Rice has fired back at these accusations since then and described the unmasking requests as "not uncommon." She has said that they are "absolutely not for any political purpose, to spy, expose, anything."

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