And then after a meeting between Comey and President Obama, Strzok intervened and told the FBI that “upstairs” wanted the case kept open.
PaulininVA makes a good point that there is nothing ILLegal about unmasking, and that unmasking isn’t about unmasking an individual person (ie: targeting Flynn) but rather finding out who a foreign agent is talking to.
What is unusual though is the number of unmasking requests in the last years of the Obama administration (a 300% increase), and the people who did the unmasking requests. It’s fishy. May be legitimate, but when added to the totality of the circumstances of how the FBI was being run at the time it stinks.
Andrew McCarthy, likely the most learned author on the subject and a former Assistant United States Attorney , doesn’t think it was the unmasking of Flynn that started Crossfire Razor. He thinks Flynn was framed as a clandestine agent of Russia, so therefore didn’t need to be masked in the first place.