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Report: Obama’s Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power Tried to Unmask Americans on a Daily Basis

Once upon a time, senior Obama Administration officials insisted that “nothing of the sort occurred” when asked about the inappropriate ‘unmasking’ of Trump Administration officials.

Seems like a bygone era. We know that unmasking did indeed occur. And a new report indicates that it took place at an alarming rate.

Multiple sources have confirmed with Fox News that Samantha Power, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was making ‘unmasking’ requests in the final months of Obama’s presidency at a clip of more than one per day.

Every single working day in those final months, Power was trying reveal the names of Americans who had been incidentally collected in intelligence reports.

The former ambassador is also alleged to have made requests in the days leading up to President Trump’s inauguration.

“Unmaskings are supposed to be rare,” the Wall Street Journal wrote in an editorial, “and if the mere ambassador to the U.N. could demand them, what privacy protection was the Obama White House really offering U.S. citizens?”

It remains unclear why a U.N. ambassador would be unmasking American citizens in the first place, a process that, if conducted for genuine intelligence purposes, is legal, but, if used for partisan political purposes, remains illegal.

In July, Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, wrote to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to inform him that his committee had learned “that one official, whose position had no apparent intelligence-related function, made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama Administration.”

While other ambassadors have made unmasking requests in the past, those number in the low double digits. Power’s requests exceeded 260.

The subsequent leaking of ‘unmasked’ U.S. citizens to the media, something that took place ad nauseam during President Trump’s first months of his term, is unlawful.

You may recall Rep. Trey Gowdy laying into former CIA director John Brennan, asking about his knowledge of Power’s role in unmasking. Brennan said he could not recall any such requests being made, somethings that seems unlikely if Power was making the requests nearly every day.

GOWDY: “Do you recall any U.S. Ambassadors asking that names be unmasked?”

BRENNAN: “I don’t. I don’t know. Maybe it’s ringing a vague bell, but I could not answer with any confidence.”

The report on Power’s frequency in unmasking comes at a particularly relevant time, as she prepares to give testimony before the House Intelligence Committee next month.

The most pressing question is: Did President Obama know that she was taking this action?

Do you think Power will have serious legal problems for unmasking Americans? Do you think President Obama knew what she was doing? Share your thoughts below.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • Does President Trump’s Asst. Attorney General need to have several additional Special Counsels appointed? For God’s sake, how corrupt is or was President Obama and his administration?

    Let’s send all the corrupt members of the Obama administration to jail; for their illegal activities.

    Where are all the Capitol Hill Republican lawyers? Why are these Capitol Hill Republicans not screaming and demanding more special investigations from within the Obama Administration’s likely ‘illegally’ unmasking Americans on a daily basis?
    Are the Capitol Hill Republican lawyers too busy taking care of themselves; instead of taking care of their citizens?
    Is Rep. Trey Gowdy the only Capitol Hill Republican who is capable of investigating illegal activity?

  • So, Samantha Power, Obama's Ambassador to the UN submitted 260 requests for unmasking people caught on our gov't's surveillance procedures. Near 100% probability her actions were unlawful. If he desired, Trump could get to those detailed records of the unmasking. I hate it when we don't find out who did what and don't learn how to avoid corruption in the future.

  • There is NOTHING that got by the Illustrious Illegal puppet from the time he was groomed, tutored, taught and BOUGHT into our White House in 2009! Nor SINCE! His obligation and indebtedness to his creators DEMAND that he abide by THEIR rules at all times! He is NOT his "own" and has never been! He is as much of a "slave" than all the ones he helped sorrows BUILD! Especially those he and his creators have taught to be offended, angry, resentful, violent, and using the most insane things to be obsessed with to JUSTIFY their stupid attitude! Even down to FOOD! Everybody I knew in the South, black, white or others, ate the same things! I was raised on cat-head biscuits, sawmill gravy, home-made jellies, country ham and home-canned sausage! Killed hogs every fall, raised sugar cain and made blackstrap molasses! Butter biscuit with blackstrap was almost a dessert! We ate fresh veggies, including greens out of the garden, turnip, mustard, and my favorite; COLLARDS! How DARE these blatant, trouble-making whippersnappers Use the very food that just about every table in the South Eastern USA, was laden with! Hog jowls and blackeyed peas, homemade mac and cheese, strawberry shortcake, buttermilk pie, cornbread, even cornbread in a glass of milk (another food that was almost a dessert), and so many more 'stick to your ribs" food that blacks have NO right to say it is theirs alone! And that goes for the cotton-pickin' hotheads blacks who think THEIR ancestors were the ONLY ones who ever picked cotton! My Granddaddy owned a thousand acres with half of it in cotton! He did NOT own slaves! Blacks and whites who worked right along beside him, were employees! AND they were family! He was a dedicated Republican who would NEVER have voted for a Democrat! THEY were the ones who owned slaves! And treated them like animals! The clueless kids squawking about "white Privilege', reparation, and "Everybody owes us a living", are more of a slave than their ancestors who were owned by Democrat slave owners! THEY had no CHOICE! The ones causing most of the trouble NOW are PAID slaves by those who are just like the slave masters of old! They couldn't care LESS about their chattle, and will pay them NO mind until they NEED them to do their dirty work! What a SAD waste of human beings who could do and BE anything they want to, and completely break free! Which is more than their ancestors ( and MINE) could have done!

  • Of course Obama knew it. He probably ordered it to be done. It may not have come directly but he ordered someone to order it and leave his name out of it.

  • I'd like to know the same thing Edward. I think Sessions is a lame duck who needs to go! He's sitting on a lot of evidence & doesn't seem to be doing a thing about it! Totally worthless!

  • These people who abused power and conducted criminal activities, which are against our US COnstitutoon MUST be prosecuted and be behind bars!!! Why ARE THEY NOT? Why are the being cuddled and protected and placed above the LAW????

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