President Trump took to Twitter Friday morning insisting that "the big story" is the "unmasking and surveillance" of people during the Obama administration.
The big story is the "unmasking and surveillance" of people that took place during the Obama Administration.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2017
His tweet surfaces after Circa published a series of reports in recent weeks delving into the surveillance practices during the Obama administration. A major discovery included the number of unmasking were reported for the fiscal year 2015.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, now under new management with President Donald Trump, confirms that the 654 unmaskings reported last year for fiscal 2015 were underreported by a factor of more than three times. The correct number was actually 2,232.
WATCH | Republicans lawmakers say they are angry, but not surprised by a new report which shows U.S. intelligence included unredacted names of U.S. citizens in thousands of intelligence documents last year.
Another report found that the FBI illegally shared raw intelligence data about Americans with unauthorized third parties, according to now-declassified documents.
WATCH | Circa's Sara Carter explains the extensive nature in which raw intelligence was shared by the FBI.
On Wednesday, the House Intelligence Committee issued seven subpoenas in its wide-ranging probe of Russian election influence and intelligence gathering, and for the first time demanded to know whether President Obama's former United Nations ambassador Samantha Power sought to unmask spy information on Americans.
Circa previously reported that former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice and former CIA Director John Brennan sought unmasked intelligence on Americans that had been gathered by the NSA.
In the midst of a complicated investigation concerning Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, Trump has repeatedly diverted the attention to Rice and the unmasking debate.
Susan Rice, the former National Security Advisor to President Obama, is refusing to testify before a Senate Subcommittee next week on.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2017