Republicans have questioned why Flynn’s name was “unmasked” or revealed, but it turns out it was never masked in the FBI report in the first place.
WASHINGTON — In a blow to GOP efforts to create a cloud of scandal around so-called “unmasking,” two sources familiar with the matter tell NBC News that then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s name was never redacted from the FBI intelligence report about his conversation with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
Flynn has admitted lying to the FBI about a phone call with then Amb. Sergey Kislyak.
The lack of masking was first reported in the Washington Post.
Flynn’s name was unmasked in other intelligence reports about other conversations he had with foreigners, but not the one about the Dec. 29 phone call that got him in legal trouble, the sources said.
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