The decision to unmask President Donald Trump's associates following surveillance activities "looks like it was politicized," House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday, while discussing investigations into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
"Well, I'm not going to prejudge this investigation because we're in the middle of it, but it certainly looks like that," Ryan said on Fox News' "Fox & Friends," after show host Steve Doocy asked him if the motivation was to "sandbag the Trump administration."
"It certainly looks like this was politicized," Ryan continued, pointing out that leaking classified information that is released as a result of unmasking classified documents is a "crime."
"That is something somebody in the Obama administration decided to do and it did happen," said Ryan. "The question of this investigation is to get to the bottom of that. Obviously, you saw they basically said, we saw this information but they didn't give us any details. That's why we have an investigation."
On Monday, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and ex-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper were both asked to testify whether they'd leaked the name of former National Security Agency Director Michael Flynn's name to the press after Yates warned the White House that he'd been compromised.
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