The Intercept: H.R. McMaster Allegedly Authorized NSA Surveillance of Steve Bannon and Trump Family

During an alleged meeting with donors to raise funds for an intelligence gathering operation in Afghanistan, John R. Maguire—a former CIA paramilitary officer, vice president at the intelligence security firm Amyntor Group, and member of the Trump transition team—reportedly claimed that President Trump’s National Security Advis0r H.R. McMaster “authorized surveillance of Steven Bannon and Trump family members, including Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump,” according to a report by Matthew Cole and Jeremy Scahill in The Intercept.

From Cole and Scahill’s report in The Intercept:

“[Maguire] said there were people inside the CIA who joined in the previous eight years [under Obama] and inside the government and they were failing to give the president the intelligence he needed,” said a person who was pitched by Maguire and other Amyntor personnel. To support his claim, Maguire told at least two people that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, in coordination with a top official at the National Security Agency, authorized surveillance of Steven Bannon and Trump family members, including Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. Adding to these unsubstantiated claims, Maguire told the potential donors he also had evidence H.R. McMaster used a burner phone to send information gathered through the surveillance to a facility in Cyprus owned by George Soros.

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