Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted under oath that he had requested the unmasking of either Trump, his associates, or members of Congress.
During testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley asked Clapper and former U.S. Acting Attorney General Sally Yates if they had ever requested the unmasking of Trump, his associates, or members of Congress.
Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, hesitated before answering.
“Yes, in one case I did,” he admitted, but refused to give any more details.
“I cannot discuss any further than that,” Clapper said.
The Obama administration, including former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, has been accused of using unmasking as a means of spying on the Trump team during the 2016 election.
Clapper explained later in the hearing that he tried to be “very judicious” in his use of unmasking and would only identify subjects of incidental collection if they were relevant to national security concerns.
Yates said she never requested unmasking of Trump, his associates or members of Congress.