Former Vice President Joe Bidens campaign sought to downplay the declassified information showing Biden requested the unmasking of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trumps one-time incoming national security adviser.
Biden was vice president when he made the request on Jan. 12, 2017, according to newly declassified documents.
The release came just one day after Biden said in a televised interview that he was aware officials had asked for an investigation into Flynn. “But thats all I know about it, and I dont think anything else,” he added.
Biden hasnt issued a statement or addressed the discrepancy but his campaign suggested the disclosure was being blown out of proportion.
“These documents have absolutely nothing to do with any FBI investigation and they confirm that all normal procedures were followed—any suggestion otherwise is a flat-out lie,” Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Bidens campaign, said in a statement.
“Its telling that these documents were selectively leaked by Republicans abusing their congressional powers to act as arms of the Trump campaign after having them provided by a partisan official installed for this very purpose,” he added, referring to acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell.
Only Grenell and Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) have questions to answer “for their gross politicization of the intelligence process,” Bates charged.
In response to a request from Grassley and Johnson, Grenell declassified a list of people who submitted requests to the National Security Agency (NSA).
The people requested to “to unmask the identity of” Flynn, according to NSA Director Paul Nakasone.
Batess initial statement was an attack on Catherine Herridge, a CBS reporter who first reported on the declassified documents. He disparaged Herridge, claiming she serves as a conduit for conservatives “because she agrees to publicize things before contacting the target to ask for comment.”
He later deleted the statement, which was made on Twitter.
Bidens campaign hasnt responded to multiple requests made by The Epoch Times for comment on the situation from Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate.
Biden hasnt held a press conference for over a month, although he has sporadically appeared on different cable news programs.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told reporters after the list was released that Biden got “caught red-handed” abusing his office of vice president at the time to go after his political opponent.
If Biden is elected, he might do the same thing, the senator alleged.
Grassley noted the list included top Obama administration officials like Biden, adding in a statement that lawmakers “need answers on what they knew and whRead More From Source