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J.E.Dyer: The Obama unmaskers, one question to Andrew McCarthy’s question why Trump doesn’t just expose them…….


More here than what just meets the eye.

The Obama unmaskers: One answer to Andrew McCarthy’s question why Trump doesn’t just expose them

Andrew McCarthy asked a good question last Thursday: why Trump hasn’t publicized the results of the probe of “unmaskings” requested by Obama officials.

McCarthy points out that Trump has the ultimate authority to do just that:

I’ve watched the story closely but I haven’t written about it for a while because I can’t get past a nagging question: Why must we speculate about whether the Obama administration abusively exploited its foreign-intelligence-collection powers in order to spy on Donald Trump’s political campaign? After all, Trump is president now. If he was victimized, he’s in a position to tell us all about it.
The president is in charge of the executive branch, including its intelligence agencies. He has the authority to decide what intelligence information, and intelligence abuses, can be declassified and made public.

Because Trump hasn’t done this, when surely he would be motivated to, McCarthy feels compelled to at least consider the possibility that the “unmaskings” probe may be a way for Republicans to dangle Democrats, just as the “Russia” theme is a way for Democrats to dangle Trump.

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