"passed Trump associates' communications with Russians on to US counterparts"
See that part you missed?
You think they were passing unmasked Trump communications to Obama for legitimate reasons? That's quite an assumption. Regardless, I thought it was denied that the British passed ANY Trump communications to Obama administration. Did they pass it to the NSA or directly to the Whitehouse? Lots and lots of questions.
But the pattern is consistent - first deny that anything happened at all. Then admit something DID happen but it wasn't improper. The next stage isn't pretty (and we're almost there) since it appears Obama admin used the intel community against political opponents. That's something police state authoritarian dictators do. And if Obama can do it... so can Trump. If only Republicans are upset about this and nothing gets fixed... good luck next election!!