by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is ramping up investigation into former President Barack Obama administration’s campaign to “unmask” President Donald Trump aides who were incidentally surveilled in meetings with foreign officials, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.
The committee is also intensifying a probe into Fusion GPS, a private “opposition research” company that distributed a salacious memo on Trump, called the “Trump Dossier.”
Over the next two weeks the House committee is expected to privately interview former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, who reportedly unmasked or identified as many as 260 Americans, primarily Trump campaign or transition officials. …
… The committee is also preparing to introduce a proposed “legislative fix” within the next few weeks to ban or extremely limit future unmasking of American citizens, the congressional officials said. …
… The Obama administration, led in part the President’s national security adviser Susan Rice,,reportedly sought to identify or “unmask” hundreds of Trump campaign and transition officials who had “incidental” contact with foreign government officials, diplomats and foreign principals, even though no crime was alleged.