The Trump administration has sent Congress a list of dozens of Obama administration officials in relation to the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Then-Vice President Joe Biden, former White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan are mentioned in the list obtained by The Hill Wednesday.
“I am providing a revised list of identities of any officials who submitted requests to the National Security Agency at any point between 8 November 2016 and 31 January 2017 to unmask the identity of former National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn USA-Ret.),” read the document from acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Richard Grenell, who sent the list to GOP Senators Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley.
In his 2017 guilty plea, Flynn confessed to lying to the FBI about interactions with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the US, before Donald Trump took office as president.
“The records are one step forward in an important effort to get to the bottom of what the Obama administration did during the Russia investigation and to Lt. General Flynn,” Johnson and Grassley said in a joint statement.
‘What did Obama know?’
According to newly uncovered documents, FBI agents mishandled the investigation into Flynn during the so-called Russia probe, which sought to unearth Moscow’s intervention in the US 2016 election or collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, but to no avail.
In order to get to the bottom of “what did President Obama know and when did he know it.” GOP Senator Rand Paul invited Grenell to appear before his subcommittee next week.
“This is Vice President Biden using the spying powers of the United States to go after a political opponent. He’s caught red-handed here,” Paul added. “That to me is alarming.”
The development came amid outrage from Democrats over the Justice Department's dropping of the Flynn case.