A House panel is weighing a separate investigation into whether the Obama administration pressured intelligence analysts to skew data to make the Islamic State and its allies seem weaker in their reports.
“Clearly, the allegations concern the committee,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told the Washington Examiner. “We are going to gather facts and, if we have to, open an investigation.”
The inspector general’s probe into the alleged manipulation of intelligence was first reported Wednesday by The Daily Beast, which said more than 50 analysts at Central Command’s headquarters in Tampa, Fla., had formally complained that their reports had been altered by senior officials to make the Islamic State seem weaker than it was.
The Guardian, meanwhile, reported Thursday that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was in nearly daily contact with Army Brig. Gen. Steven Grove, Central Command’s director of intelligence. A former official said such an arrangement is “highly, highly unusual,” further raising the question of whether the administration’s Islamic State policy was based on politicized analysis of intelligence data.