Both Yates and Clapper admitted to requesting the unmasking of either President Trump, “his associates, or any member of Congress.”
At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Monday, both former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted to requesting the unmasking of either President Trump, “his associates, or any member of Congress.”
Clapper said that he did request the unmasking of one of those groups “in one case.” He declined to further elaborate due to the classified nature of possible answers.
The retired director admitted that he may have shared the information with his deputy or his counsel.
Yates also affirmed that she had requested unmasking of those groups. She declined to give further details as well.
“In the course of the Flynn matter, I had discussions with other members of the intel community,” Yates said.
Controversy erupted over the process of unmasking after allegations arose that the Obama administration sought the names of Trump associates for political purposes.
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