Key Obama Appointee To Testify Before Congress On Unmasking Scandal

Loretta Lynch is going to meet with Russia investigators next week and that’s the main thrust of a new report from CNN. A far more interesting point is buried in the story, though. Samantha Power, who is accused of unmasking more than a hundred people, is going before a House intelligence committee on Friday – behind closed doors.

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Exclusive: Loretta Lynch to meet with Hill Russia investigators next week, sources say

Lynch is the latest Obama official who will be questioned by Congress as multiple committees try to assess how Russia meddled in the election, whether there was any collusion with the Trump campaign and whether the Obama administration did enough to thwart the Russian efforts. Samantha Power, Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations, is scheduled to testify before the House intelligence committee on Friday in a closed session, multiple sources say.

Lynch would be among several Obama administration officials who have come before both the House and Senate intelligence committees as part of their investigations into Russia’s election meddling. House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes is also investigating “unmasking” — revealing the identities of Americans who were communicating with foreign officials under surveillance by the US intelligence community — of Trump campaign officials by the Obama administration during the transition, which he and other Republicans say was politically motivated.

Power is expected to be questioned about the unmasking matter, but her aides have said she has done nothing improper.

Why is the Powers meeting happening in private? Has she cut a deal?

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