Fox News host Sean Hannity has now threatened to sue former President Barack Obama. There have been reports that Hannity had been “unmasked” from incidental surveillance during his tenure.
“I have it on pretty good authority that I’ve been ‘unmasked,’ among other things,” Hannity said on his radio show.
“And by the way, if I find out, I am going to sanction the biggest lawsuit that I possibly can with the biggest attorneys in the country so we can do something to stop the shredding of our Constitution,” he sternly said.
“I will do that because that is illegal and if my rights are violated,” he added, “we will find a way to make this happen.”
Hannity feels that he may have been “unmasked” by a member of the Obama administration before. The process involves a request to intelligence officials to reveal names of U.S. persons that obscured in “incidental surveillance” of foreign targets.
This process is used to gather more intel concerning threats to the nation and it’s security.
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones played the audio of Hannity speaking about this possible lawsuit. He also said that Hannity’s show is something that President Trump still does watch.
In April, the New York Times reported on a conversation Hannity had with the president. Hannity flipped out over this and accused them of obtaining “unmasked” surveillance by the NSA.
@nytimes Any conversation I have with ANYONE is supposed to be PRIVATE. I have NEVER talked to you. Was I surveilled and unmasked by u/NSA?
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 22, 2017
“Any conversation I have with ANYONE is supposed to be PRIVATE. I have NEVER talked to you. Was I surveilled and unmasked by u/NSA?” He questioned NY times twitter.
He added more later saying, “Thank u all for heads up. I have zero knowledge of any surveillance vs me or unmasking of me by The Obama administration. Nothing shocks me!”
Thank u all for heads up. I have zero knowledge of any surveillance vs me or unmasking of me by The Obama administration. Nothing shocks me!
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 4, 2017
“So many of you are asking about this, I DO NOT know if surveillance and unmasking vs me occurred. If confirmed, I will sue all involved!”
So many of you are asking about this, I DO NOT know if surveillance and unmasking vs me occurred. If confirmed, I will sue all involved!
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 5, 2017
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) claimed that there were “unmasking” incidents during the Obama administration, and that it was possible that some of those were committed for political reasons, and not for national security.
“We have found evidence that current and former government officials had easy access to U.S. person information and that it is possible that they used this information to achieve partisan political purposes,” he said in a letter, “including the selective, anonymous leaking of such information.”
“Obama-era officials sought the identities of Trump transition officials within intelligence reports,” he explained. “However, there was no meaningful explanation offered by these officials as to why they needed or how they would use this U.S. person information.”