In his appearance on Fox News, Trey Gowdy said that key surveillance programs will not be reauthorized by Congress until questions about intelligence “unmasking” are answered.
Gowdy Went On Fox to let Barack Obama know that he is on to his lies and that the former president is not in the clear yet. Gowdy will not rest until he has gotten to the bottom of this …
Trey said to Bill Hemmer that he and other lawmakers still want more information on the procedures for unmasking the identities of Americans picked up in foreign surveillance by U.S. intelligence agencies.
Fox News one of the last reports was that former national security adviser Susan Rice requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in incidental surveillance. The information was then reportedly distributed to top intelligence and national security officials.
“That is a privilege to be able to request that a U.S. person’s name is unmasked,” said Gowdy. “I want to know who’s making the request [and] what is the evidentiary basis of that request? And if it’s late in your tenure – like the day before you leave office – that should send off alarms and sirens in your head as to why that person did it, “Gowdy said.
He continued that the key parts of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act will not be renewed before they expire at year-end unless the American people are satisfied that their “security is going to be safeguarded.”
Asked whether there is evidence of the Obama administration “abusing” the unmasking procedures, Gowdy said the matter needs to be looked at further.
Gowdy said he’s still waiting for answers about what occurred late in the Obama administration but is not accusing the former president of “spying” on the Trump team.
H/T American Column