In response to allegations of Russian interference in the United States' 2016 election, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) announced an investigation into the matter. This is an extension of the Committee’s ongoing investigations into Russian espionage activities and the threat of Russian aggression.
This week, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes and Ranking Member Schiff announced the scope of the inquiry by HPSCI into the Russian operation targeting the election. While certain information remains classified, the investigation will address the following questions:
- What Russian cyber activity and other active measures were directed against the United States and its allies?
- Did the Russian active measures include links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns or any other U.S. Persons?
- What was the U.S. Government’s response to these Russian active measures and what do we need to do to protect ourselves and our allies in the future?
- What possible leaks of classified information took place related to the Intelligence Community Assessment of these matters?
In order to conduct the investigation, the Committee has announced that it “will seek access to and custody of all relevant information, including law enforcement and counterintelligence information, consistent with the Committee’s oversight jurisdiction and investigative responsibilities. The Committee’s inquiry will not, however, impede any ongoing investigation. The Committee will also conduct interviews, take witness testimony, and review all reporting underlying the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) 'Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections.' The inquiry will seek to ensure that the ICA comported with all relevant Intelligence Community analytic standards, and that allegations of Russian collusion with any U.S. Persons and the leaks of classified information are fully investigated.”
Congressman Wenstrup serves as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
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