Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power testified to Congress in 2017 that she never sought to unmask records containing information about former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Newly declassified documents from the National Security Agency (NSA), show that Power made not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six…
BUT Samantha Power made SEVEN separate requests to unmask Michael Flynn’s name between Nov. 30, 2016, and Jan. 11, 2017.
Power was asked explicitly during sworn 2017 testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) whether she had ever attempted to unmask information related to Michael Flynn?
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., noted during his questioning of Power to explain why the topic of unmasking had been raised.
“The number of unmasking requests by yourself began to go up dramatically in 2014,”
“[L]et me then ask you about, sort of, maybe the gravamen of how this came about. And I think it came about over a concern about the leaking of Mike Flynn’s name.”
“So, to your knowledge, did you ever make [redacted]?”
Samantha Power stated under oath “I don’t recall making such a request,”
Yes, Power’s lawyers will claim that She didn’t lie. She just conveniently couldn’t recall she requested his name be unmasked 7 different times. Easily forgettable. Honest mistake happens to everyone now and then. Nothing to see here folks, move along.
I would still arrest her and let a jury of her peers deiced if she was telling the truth or not.
Powers could have easily taken the 5th, but that would have given off the impression that she was hiding something.
But instead, she took that ‘I have Dementia like Joe‘ route and claimed she can’t remember.
The list released by Grenell specifically shows that Power issued an unmasking request seven separate times:
- Once on Nov. 30, 2016
- Once on Dec. 2, 2016
- Once on Dec. 7, 2016
- Twice on Dec. 14, 2016
- Once on Dec. 23, 2016
- Once on Jan. 11, 2017
Dec. 23, 2016, was the day Flynn spoke privately with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The contents of that call were recorded by unknown Obama-era officials.
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— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 13, 2020
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