AG Barr: U.S. Attorney John Bash to Probe Unmasking

By Melanie Arter | July 28, 2020 | 3:38pm EDT
Attorney General Bill Barr (Photo by MATT MCCLAIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Attorney General Bill Barr (Photo by MATT MCCLAIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Attorney General Bill Barr told the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that he has named U.S Attorney John Bash to investigate the issue of unmasking.

At the oversight hearing, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asked, “Thirty-eight people unmasked Michael Flynn's name, 48 times in a two-month time frame. Several people at the Treasury Department unmasked Michael Flynn's name. Is this an issue that Mr. Durham is looking into?”


“I’ve asked another U.S. attorney to look into the issue of unmasking, because of the high number of unmaskings, and some that do not readily appear to have been in the line of normal business,” Barr said.

When asked who that U.S. attorney is, Barr explained that it was “John Basch of Texas.”

The attorney general also said that the unmaskings had been taking place even before the final days of the Obama administration.

Here is a transcript of the exchange:

 

JORDAN: 38 people unmasked Michael Flynn's name, 48 times in a two-month time frame. Seven people at the treasury department unmasked Michael Flynn's name. Is this an issue that Mr. Durham is looking into? 

BARR: I’ve asked another U.S. attorney to look into the issue of unmasking, because of the high number of unmaskings, and some that do not readily appear to have been in the line of normal business. 

JORDAN: Wait a minute, I want to be clear. So, there's another investigation on that issue specifically going on at the Justice Department right now? 

BARR: Yes. 

JORDAN: Wow, that's great. So Mr. Durham is looking at how the whole Trump-Russia thing started. Can you give us the other U.S. Attorney's name, is that something you're comfortable doing? 

BARR: John Bash of Texas. 

JORDAN: John Bash of Texas is looking specifically at the fact -- 

BARR: At unmasking. 

JORDAN: 38 people, 49 times unmaskings that took place at the final days of the Obama-Biden administration. Is that accurate? 

BARR: Actually a much longer period of time. 

JORDAN: Even before that? 

BARR: Yes. 

JORDAN: Thank you, I appreciate that. That is information the committee did not know. 

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