Provided by USA Today: The investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election — and President Trump's counterattack against surveillance and leaking — has brought a new term into the American political lexicon. "Unmasking." Until now, the process for revealing information about U.S. citizens in intelligence reports was almost completely obscure outside of the intelligence community. But the issue has taken on new importance since House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes alleged that the Obama administration may have improperly identified Trump transition officials in classified reports he had access to — reports that later turned out to be provided to him by the Trump White House. Here's what we know about the hows and whys of unmasking:

War of the Roses at the FBI

from The Wall Street Journal,

Andrew McCabe and James Comey accuse each other of lying.

Donald Trump has made more than a few headlines by accusing FBI officials of lying. But since the Justice Department’s inspector general faulted Andrew McCabe for a “lack of candor” about a press leak he had authorized, former FBI director James Comey and former deputy director Mr. McCabe have been telling different stories. On Wednesday Mr. Comey backed the IG’s findings on ABC’s “The View,” saying “there are severe consequences in the Justice Department for lying.” Mr. McCabe’s lawyer shot back that he had “documents that prove” that Mr. McCabe “advised Director Comey repeatedly” about his contacts with a reporter that are the basis of the dispute. On Thursday the IG referred its findings on Mr. McCabe for potential prosecution.

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