Fox News host Sean Hannity threatened to sue former President Barack Obama for 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," he 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 threatened.
"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 retweeted a report of his comments, and said, "Stay tuned. Need more Intel," and "I hired 4 of the countries [sic] best attorneys. THE CONSTITUTION MATTERS!!"
Hannity has speculated that he was "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.
While the process can be used to garner more information about threats to the nation's security, it has been speculated by many that it became politicized under the Obama administration and used in order to damage political opponents.
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones played the audio of Hannity talking about his possible lawsuit, and added that Hannity's show was one of the few that President Donald Trump still watches.
In April, the New York Times reported on a conversation Hannity had with the president. He lashed out at them accusing them of obtaining "unmasked" surveillance by the NSA.
"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 asked the official New York Times account.
He clarified 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!"
"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!"
Recently, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) charged that there were suspicious "unmasking" incidents under 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.”