Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in an interview on Fox News Friday, claimed that the Obama administration had improperly "unmasked" him, and worried that former FBI director James Comey would perform a "hit job on President Donald Trump" in his testimony next week.
"I have reason to believe that a conversation that I had was picked up – with some foreign leader or some foreign person – and somebody requested that my conversation be unmasked," Graham said on "America's Newsroom." "I've been told that by people in the intelligence community."
He added, "Here is the concern. Did the people in the Obama administration listen in to these conversations, was there a politicizing of the intelligence gathering processes? So I want to know, of the 1,950 collections on American citizens, how many of them involved presidential candidates, members of Congress from either party and if these conversations were unmasked, who made the request?"
Graham said on Fox News radio show "Kilmeade and Friends" Friday that he has "reason to believe I was incidentally collected because I am a member of the Senate dealing with foreign matters all the time. I have written to the FBI, NSA, CIA and I want to know is there any incidental collection on Senator Lindsey Graham and if so, was that collection unmasked and if so who made the request?"
The senator added that he's "been told by people in the intelligence community that there was incidental collection on me. Here is the question, what in the world would the U.N. ambassador need to know about a conversation? (Samantha Power) is not a spy, she is not an intelligence person. What in the world would justify her unmasking somebody?"
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