“We determined that the Acting Secretary’s involvement led to the rare occurrence of I&A ceasing dissemination of a product after it had already been approved by the mission manager and circulated via advanced notification,” レポートには次のように記載されています.
“The delays and deviation from I&A’s standard process and requirements put I&A at risk of creating a perception of politicization. This conclusion is supported by I&A’s own tradecraft assessment, which determined that the product might be viewed as politicized,” it continues.
The report stems from previous allegations of the Trump administration downplaying Russian interference
. CNN first reported in September 2020 a whistleblower complaint alleging that top political appointees in DHS repeatedly instructed career officials to modify intelligence assessments to suit Trump’s agenda by downplaying Russia’s efforts to interfere in the US
The whistleblower claimed that Wolf had instructed DHS officials to “cease providing intelligence assessments on the threat of Russian interference” そして, 代わりに, focus their efforts on gathering information related to activities being carried out by China and Iran.
The scope of the DHS IG report was limited to the single intelligence report in question.
最初は, the IG found, the DHS Intelligence and Analysis Office had followed internal drafting and editing processes. The report was two pages in length and related to one “‘current Democratic presidential candidate'” and to Russian activities to influence the presidential election. It evolved over time after receiving internal input, according to the IG report.
The IG also followed up on a July 2020 meeting mentioned by the whistleblower, who claimed Wolf had asked for the product to be held because “‘it made the President look bad.'”
According to notes of the meeting obtained by the IG, one top official wrote: “AS1 — will hurt POTUS — kill it per his authorities.” The official told the IG the notes meant the acting secretary had told him to hold the product because it would hurt Trump and the authorities cited were in reference to those possessed by the secretary.
The IG’s office interviewed Wolf, who denied saying this and added that he had asked for the product to be improved.
“I tried to put myself in the position of one of our state and local partners who would be reading this and I could not see where the product, as written on July 8, would have added any value or given them any knowledge they could use. … The product was not well written,” the acting secretary told the IG’s office, レポートによると.
The delays and disruptions, でも, put the office at risk of creating the perception of politicization, the IG report states. The IG recommended working with the Office of the Secretary and I&A oversight entities to make sure election-related reports are in line with policies and guidelines. 私&A agreed with the recommendation.