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:

Ex-Clinton Campaign Lawyer Michael Sussmann Acquitted of Lying to FBI

from The Wall Street Journal,

Verdict marks loss in special counsel John Durham’s three-year probe into government’s handling of allegations of Trump-Russia ties

After deliberating for about six hours, jurors found Mr. Sussmann not guilty Tuesday, in a rebuke to Mr. Durham’s three-year examination of how the U.S. government handled allegations of ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the tumultuous presidential election. This month’s two-week trial laid bare lingering disagreements over what happened during that campaign, with prosecutors accusing Mr. Sussmann of attempting to inject the FBI into a partisan plot and Mr. Sussmann’s legal team accusing prosecutors of manufacturing a conspiracy out of limited evidence. The jury began deliberations on Friday afternoon, before the holiday weekend, and resumed on Tuesday morning.

Mr. Durham said in a written statement Tuesday, “While we are disappointed in the outcome, we respect the jury’s decision and thank them for their service.”

Mr. Durham has obtained one guilty plea from a former FBI lawyer who admitted to altering a document used to justify surveillance of a former adviser to Mr. Trump. The special counsel has also charged a consultant with lying to the FBI about his sources for information, some of which the FBI used in support of its 2016 investigation. Mr. Durham’s prosecutors have said their investigation is continuing.

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