File - In this Oct. 24, 2017, file photo, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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The top U.S. intelligence official has ordered tighter restrictions on how the names of Americans kept secret in intelligence reports can be revealed during presidential transitions, documents seen by Reuters indicated.In a Nov. 30 letter sent to Representative Devin Nunes, Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and other top lawmakers, the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said the new unmasking policy was due by Jan. 15 .Nunes was among the first to charge that U.S. intelligence agencies collected information on Americans involved in Trump's transition team. For unmasking requests made between a U.S. presidential election and Inauguration Day, the draft presidential order states, the request now would have to say whether the official making it believed or knew it involved a member of the president-elect's transition team.A request also would have to be approved by the top lawyer of the U.S. intelligence agency that disseminated the original intelligence report.
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