Sen. Ron Johnson to Request Biden, Other Obama-Era Officials Testify on “Unmasking”

Wednesday Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) tweeted:

Thank you @RichardGrenell for your responsiveness.

We received the list of individuals who requested the unmasking of Michael Flynn. We are making this public because the American people have a right to know what happened. :

Johnson then added in a separate tweet:

Attorney General William Barr and Acting Director of National Intelligence @RichardGrenell are heroes. They are patriots. They are being unfairly attacked right now, mercilessly attacked. These gentlemen realized that this is a threat to our democracy. @BretBaier

Breitbart reports Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) signaled Wednesday that he will request Obama administration officials, including former Vice President Joe Biden, to testify in the wake of revelations that they may have sought to “unmask” communications by retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn.

“Right now we’re in the information-gathering phase of this and this obviously, from my standpoint, raises a lot more questions than it actually answers,” Johnson told reporters, according to The Hill. “We will start requesting interviews with those individuals.”

“I want to find out what you were looking at, why you unmasked an American’s identity and how you used that,” the Wisconsin Republican added, before noting that he will seek interviews with former Director of National Intelligence Clapper, former CIA Director Brennan, Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and “possibly the vice president.”

Johnson’s remarks come after acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell submitted a declassified list to the Wisconsin Republican and Sen. Chuck Grassley (I-IA) of Obama administration officials who had requested names to be “unmasked” between November 8, 2016, and Jan. 31, 2017.

The list of Obama administration officials who made unmasking requests are in chronological order:

  • U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samatha Power
  • Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
  • Deputy Chief of Mission to Italy and Republic of San Marino Kelly Degnan (now Ambassador to Georgia)
  • U.S. Ambassador to Italy and the Republic of San Marino, John R. Phillips
  • CIA director John Brennan
  • U.S. Treasury Office of Intelligence and Analysis Patrick Conlon
  • Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew
  • Acting Assistant Treasury Secretary Arthur “Danny” McGlynn
  • Acting Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary Mike Neufeld
  • Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Sarah Raskin
  • Under Secretary Treasury Nathan Sheets
  • Acting Under Secretary Treasury Adam Szubin
  • U.S. NATO Advisor Robert Bell
  • U.S. Representative to the NATO Military Committee Vice Admiral John Christenson
  • FBI Director James Comey
  • U.S. NATO Office of the Defense Advisor Policy Advisor for Russia Lt. Col. Paul Geehreng
  • U.S. NATO Defense Advisor James Hursh
  • U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to NATO Lee Litzenberger (now Ambassador to Azerbaijan)
  • U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Ambassador Douglas Lute
  • U.S. NATO Political Office Scott Parrish
  • Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall
  • U.S. NATO Political Advisor Tamir Waser
  • U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft
  • U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass
  • White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough
  • Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration Michael Dempsey
  • Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Stephanie O’Sullivan
  • Vice President Joe Biden