There’s something odd about the transcript of Michael Flynn’s December 29, 2016, phone call with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the one that apparently contained some mention of sanctions. There’s no unmasking request that corresponds to that call.


Believe it or not, in the list of unmasking requests passed along to Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson by acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell, who assures them it is complete, there is no request on December 29. There are quite a few BEFORE December 29, and we can’t tell just from the list what transcripts they involved, but the dates tell us they couldn’t possibly have been for the Kislyak call because it hadn’t happened yet.

Everyone and his dog seemed to want Flynn’s name unmasked on December 14-15-16, and on December 28 there’s a request by the U.S. ambassador to Turkey (huh?) Then it gets quiet till January 5, 2017, which is the date of that big Oval Office meeting and also the day White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough calls for Flynn’s name to be unmasked. There are still more calls for unmasking after that, including on January 17, when Vice President Joe Biden did it.

But since Obama and James Comey were already aware of the December 29 “sanctions” call between Flynn and Kislyak on January 5 –- we know this from Sally Yates’ testimony –- how did they get Flynn’s name? In fact, we know Andrew McCabe knew about the call on January 3, because that’s when he briefed Mary McCord of the DOJ’s National Security Division. ALL the unmaskings on this list took place either before that call took place or after the Oval Office meeting. It’s a mystery.

Dan Bongino talked about this in his Friday podcast but I wanted to do a little research before coming to any conclusions. On Saturday, Andrew C. McCarthy offered his own take, which is that Flynn’s name must have been gathered in some other way that had not masked his name in the first place. The call would have been intercepted, he said, “under an intelligence program not subject to the masking rules, probably by the CIA or a friendly foreign spy service acting in a nod-and-wink arrangement with our intelligence community.

McCarthy explains how intelligence collection under FISA is supposed to work. There are actually two kinds: the “traditional” FISA warrant, which is the targeted monitoring of a suspected clandestine operative of a foreign power inside the U.S. (which can INCIDENTALLY intercept the communications of Americans who happen to talk to him/her); and the “Section 702” version, which targets non-Americans outside the U.S. (which can also INCIDENTALLY intercept the communications of Americans).

Both kinds of FISA transcripts are subject to what they call minimization procedures, which is the masking of the names of those whose communications are incidentally intercepted. Their names are replaced with the generic designation “U.S. Person.” Unmasking the name of an American is a BIG DEAL, McCarthy says, as “foreign intelligence must never be used as a pretext for spying on Americans.” (I’ll pause here for laughter.)

It’s been assumed that Kislyak was routinely subjected to “traditional” FISA monitoring, and perhaps “702” monitoring when he was abroad. Both of those would have called for Flynn’s name to be masked.

McCarthy postulates that for this phone call Flynn was being spied on by the CIA, which is not subject to FISA law because its intelligence operations are conducted outside the United States. Guess what? Flynn was not in the United States on December 29. He was in the Dominican Republic for a brief vacation. We don’t know where Kislyak was, but it’s very likely he was in Russia, as Washington was shut down for the holiday and in Russia they celebrate Christmas on January 7.

McCarthy makes a compelling case, consistent with claims he made in his book BALL OF COLLUSION, that Flynn was being monitored either directly by the CIA or by “a friendly foreign intelligence service.” He makes it clear that, yes, all the unmasking that was done on Flynn was truly scandalous but that now we’re seeing another dirty layer of spying and sabotage that was thrown at Trump’s campaign and incoming administration. This has got to be exposed for what it was so it NEVER happens in America again. And all those involved need to pay dearly for what they did.

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  • Janet Underwood

    05/18/2020 03:43 PM

    Today, from Yahoo "News" (warning:Do not read while eating):

    "Barack and Michelle Obama are the epitome of a power couple. They’re successful, they’re fun, they’re fierce and their relationship is impenetrable.

    Given how absolutely perfect Barack and Michelle are, people were naturally confused when they came across photos of the couple’s Martha’s Vineyard house. Though the house is about as garish and lavish as you’d expect a former president’s house to be, it’s also, well, kind of ugly..."

    Then yesterday was an article that started out by saying that Joe and Barack had the "cutest bromance" for 8 years. (I kid you not -- those were the exact words.)

    How can the people who write this stuff keep a straight face when they call themselves "journalists"?

  • Tony Weaver

    05/18/2020 03:31 PM

    Just read mosque in London were allowing all to attend

    What about mosque in the the USA ? I can’t find any information on them. Can anyone provide any information?


  • R Reedy

    05/18/2020 02:54 PM

    Wow! CIA! Great explanation. Thank you. And, what about the CDC who couldn’t get a timely test? And, what about the WHO who couldn’t notify any countries about imminent health danger? And DoD? So, none of our numerous agencies were able to protect us? Incompetence, or deliberate foul ups?

  • Tony Weaver

    05/18/2020 02:38 PM

    May I suggest that we make a list of those that are above the law
    Certainly the Clintons, Comey, Various FBI agents, Susan Rice , etc belong on the list
    Now it seems AG Barr has added Obama and Biden to the list
    Yes indeed, some are above the law

  • Eva Kathleen Woods

    05/18/2020 02:26 PM

    Thank You for your diligence and keeping us informed, Governor Huckabee!! You are trusted and appreciated. Praying for God to continue to reveal truth, justice to be served, and the American people to be made undeniably aware of what the Left has done and continues to do.

  • Pamela Bender

    05/18/2020 02:26 PM

    It’s not just New York that opened nursing homes. Michigan Governor Whitmer did more, you see she opened nursing homes, assisted living, and all Rehabilitation centers to covid patients. We had 2 loved ones in these facilities 1. Assisted living who has just passed May 15 just before midnight......2. Rehabilitation center recovering from brain surgery tested positive, now in VA hospital. Both tested positive for covid in the two facilities mentioned. Please this Governor bussed positive covid to all out lined counties outside of Detroit to the point our entire state had covid. Governor Whitmer keeps spreading throughout the state. I for one am tired of living this socialized life. When Dems talk they are not telling the truth on the covid patients, It is disgraceful and I was raised every dog has its day.I have sent many letters out soooo please read this. BTW our Governor left all DOT busses running For free in Detroit and everything was shut down so everyone was joy riding and we lost buss drivers to covid, while the suburbs were in total lock down. Maybe why Detroit had so many covid. Hope President Trump does Not give her money, she told us school funding is now cut along with our police officers funding....she is allowing anyone to go to college free with money she has received to date. New York not only State that attacked our seniors, we have deaths to prove it.

  • Womack Kimberlyn

    05/18/2020 02:08 PM

    Thanks for your WONDERFUL work!
    Please, the citizens of the United States of America ???? have the right to get all the facts exposed & the people involved charged to their fullest for their criminal actions! Personally, I feel like each of the organizations & their representatives committed Treason against our Great country.
    Now is the time we all should be united and get our country back on track....or, as OUR President Oakie Dokie the United States has ALWAYS said, “Let’s Make Our Country Great Again????????????

  • Martha Horne

    05/18/2020 01:58 PM

    Amen! I agree wholeheartedly! God bless you for your diligence in getting the truth to us.

  • Terese Pace

    05/18/2020 01:50 PM

    Good afternoon!
    This seems like a plot from a very disturbing conspiracy type movie.
    So thankful for the tenacity of honest American patriots who are determined to remove this cancerous deep state.

  • Kay DeWitt

    05/18/2020 01:42 PM

    Praise the Lord, Mike, that you stated AGAIN that all this evil that was thrown at Trump's campaign and incoming administration "has got to be exposed because that tells me that you. ..and your team...are not going to stop until it IS exposed!

    And BECAUSE what was thrown at Trump was authored BY evil...that is authored by the evil one....absolutely, as you so state, "must this evil NEVER happen in America again" ....not if Americans want to be able to claim that America is again "one nation under GOD!"

  • Dale Watkins

    05/18/2020 01:33 PM

    Absolutely needs to be sorted out, but really is for nought if the head of the snake ( Obama &Biden) gets a pass!!! Barr was just announcing probably no criminal action against that pair of crooks! The puppets go to jail but the puppeteers walk? I pray not!!!

  • Ronnie Goff

    05/18/2020 01:23 PM

    With all this revelation about what seems to be illegall activity, is there any indication that something will be done, or that somebody will be prosecuted, or will it be assumed that no prosecutor would make a case just as Comey said about Hillery's illegal activity?

  • Harold Levi

    05/18/2020 01:23 PM


    Sir, After we take back our Country from the Marxist-Democrats, the whole west coast must be put through a reconstruction period of at least twenty years. Schools must teach the Constitution and Patriotism, along with readin, ritten, and rithmatic. Stop teaching basket weaving and how to be an anti-American punk. And, if you don't like it, don't let the boarder hit you in the butt leaving!!

    Sorry, I just have to vent.

    Deo Vindice!!!!!!

  • Richard Paul Robb

    05/18/2020 01:22 PM

    The best way to insure that such things NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN, is to prosecute these who so willingly and blatantly carried out such illegalities! If nobody goes to jail, if the perpetrators pay no significant price, are not held up to public view and punished, what is the deterrent factor for the future, human nature being what it is!
    Mike, did your parents let you off with a 'just don't do it again' warning- no punishment?

  • Rodney Salisbury

    05/18/2020 01:13 PM

    I am so tired of seeing this deceitful operations by the entire Obama era intelligence community. Why has not one person been indicted. The innocent have been persecuted, prosecuted, impeached, and imprisoned. Law biding citizens have had their constitutional rights trampled, while the lawless are handed immunity. How can those orchestrating this attack on the incoming administration legally grant immunity to their minion. Surly there must be some stature that would render those immunities non binding. They were granted to cover up the crime!

  • Peter Hadley

    05/18/2020 01:12 PM

    I think all those who are proved guilty of what has happened to Gen. Flynn should face immediate confiscation of each person - all their 'wealth' - stocks, etc, bank accounts other accounts - including all their retirements, lose their monthly retirement earnings = because their are technically mobsters/gangsters under the RICO Act, where each person looses everything - sound familiar??? Then the money that Flynn lost is repaid to him immediately +.

    That's step one. Some think that these traitors should be terminated - better yet, PERMANENTLY sentence them to Camp Gitmo and then throw in some waterboarding to get the other names in the 'deep swampy mess' - lose all their wealth too and donated to the health care system and then they are removed also to Gitmo and permanently from the greatest country in the world the U.S. of A. !

  • William Anthony

    05/18/2020 12:59 PM

    The noun dates can also refer to a sweet food grown by palm trees in oasises. This is an attempt at an end of comment.

  • Doug Sander

    05/18/2020 12:56 PM

    My fear is that the "Deep State" (and yes, it's real, alive, and still working hard at disposing of the Trump administration") is so imbedded in our intelligence and FBI that nothing short of completely shutting them down, releasing every employee and contractor, and rebuilding from scratch, without input from any Congressman or Senator who denies it's existence, may be the only way to salvage our country. We are all in great danger with the current state of illegal oversight.

  • William Taylor

    05/18/2020 12:43 PM

    I think you are beginning to understand, and share with us, the complexity of our intelligence community e.g. traditional FISA monitoring vs. CIA monitoring. Is it too intrusive/ complex? Maybe but we didn’t think so in the days following the 9/11 bombing of the WTC. The FBI under Hoover also didn’t think so when they ‘spied’ on Martin Luther King back in the 60’s. My point is that you are right that we should examine what has happened under current procedures and make needed changes but let’s stop demonizing people and building conspiracies. I think President Trump has been wrongly demonized and now, I think, ex- President Obama is being wrongly demonized. Suspicion is at a high level on both sides.

  • Charles Simmons

    05/18/2020 12:36 PM

    Apparently rot goes directly to the core of the rotten RICO Obama regime ... it’s just what democrats do ... they’ll never stop attempting to upend USA in unilateral favor of themselves ... echos of United Soviet States of Democrats (USSD) resound loudly ...

  • Dennis Robison

    05/18/2020 12:35 PM

    You are right. All those involved (including the foreign spy agencies cooperating with the Obama administration) need to pay a price.... BUT I have totally lost confidence that the "justice department" will really seek justice of any consequence for these unwarranted breaches of the constitution... I'm betting not a single soul will be prosecuted. And IF anybody does get prosecuted it will be only low level people.... it is strictly fiction to calm the masses waiting on our "justice department" to provide justice in this case....

  • Doug Morgan

    05/18/2020 12:28 PM

    This is all great information and disturbing information, but I don't see Republicans displaying the gonads to do much about it. I will believe that justice will be served when I see it. BUT, in the mean time, I will do all I can and that is continue writing my congressman, senators and the Whitehouse and most of all pray for our president and the few who want to do what is honest and right, and bind Satan and his influence to absolutely ruin this nation.

  • Floyd A Unger

    05/18/2020 12:23 PM

    Yes we must fight fight fight

  • Ruby Howell

    05/18/2020 12:22 PM

    I would like to see those responsible for all the false info & underhanded spying done by the previous administration & all of upper level CIA,FBI,& any other group revealed & the prosecution of the guilty parties punished for their crimes including Obama!

  • Ann Ault

    05/18/2020 12:21 PM

    I feel so bad for Michael Flynn! My dad (now safely in Heaven) was a B/Gen. in the USAF! What blatant disrespect the looney liberal left have had toward this man who so valiantly served his country. But it was just a foretaste of all our President Trump has had to suffer at the hands of these ignominious idiots ever since! The liberal left have no conscience left ... they follow the father of lies and the author of confusion! Truly sad for our country!! The mind boggles! Thank you, Gov. Huckabee ... you are a beacon of light!!