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.