WASHINGTON — For years, President Trump has accused national security officials in the Obama administration of wrongdoing for making routine classified information requests called unmaskings, falsely portraying them as part of a plot to undermine him.
“The big story is the ‘unmasking and surveillance’ of people that took place during the Obama Administration,” he posted on Twitter in 2017.
But John Bash, a U.S. attorney appointed by Attorney General William P. Barr to vet the issue, found no irregularities in those unmasking requests, which revealed that the president’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn had appeared in intelligence reports, according to two U.S. officials briefed on the matter.
The Justice Department has portrayed Mr. Bash’s work as a review, not a criminal investigation. His findings were given to John H. Durham, the U.S. attorney in…