GOP Senators Concerned About Surveillance of Trump Associates During Campaign

Two Republican senators have expanded their investigation into what they call the “unmasking” of documents, saying they are “extremely concerned” that surveillance of Trump’s campaign aides began earlier than the FBI has previously acknowledged. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Republican Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, sent a letter Tuesday to FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Rod Grenell asking them to provide the committee with a list of all records provided to them by employees of Trump’s campaign from January 2016 to January 2017.

Based on our investigations and recent press reports, we are extremely concerned that the collection of information on US individuals associated with the Trump campaign began in early 2016, and not earlier, “the senators wrote in the letter to Grenells. We realized that in their surveillance activities in late 2016 and early 2017, we were targeted by the US intelligence community and its intelligence agencies, and it became apparent that they were targeting members of Trump’s campaign team in early 2016, if not earlier.

Senators released on May 13 a list of 39 Obama administration officials who had asked for intelligence reports during the president’s transition that mentioned retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Records released by Grenell in early May showed that then-Vice President Joe Biden had requested a report on Flynn as part of his transition team’s request for information about the former national security adviser.

Senators Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and James Johnson, D-Iowa Wis. , also filed a motion for the report. Grassley and Johnson pointed to a report by the Justice Department’s inspector general (IG) that FBI headquarters in New York had directed the State Department to open an investigation into Carter Page, who had joined the Trump campaign months earlier in April 2016. Republicans have long questioned whether the FBI and CIA monitored associates of Trump’s campaign before they officially opened their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The FBI launched the investigation on July 31, 2016, but Republicans and Democrats in Congress and the House of Representatives question whether it was monitored by the FBI or the CIA before it was officially recorded.

Page met with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort before “Crossfire Hurricane” began. The IG report said FBI agents claimed Halper’s meeting with Page was “outside the scope” of the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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