How can Congress get the report?
Congress does not have the power to publish the report.
But it can send the report to the secretary of the US Department of State, where it is referred to as a ‘national security review’.
It is also possible that the secretary will ask the director of national intelligence (DNI) to submit the report for publication.
But the DNI cannot initiate a declassification process.
In the case of the NSA report, the Director of National Intelligence (DNIs) would have to review the report by an outside committee.
The report would then be put into a classified format and published on a ‘secret’ website.
The US Congress has the power under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to declassify information, which means the public has a right to know what the US government is doing.
The law gives the public the right to request information from Congress on a wide range of matters.
Congress is allowed to review all declassified information, and the government must make public the information that has been declassified.
The Congress has no obligation to act on a request for information.
However, the CRA allows the President to issue a Presidential Memorandum on declassification requests, in which the President instructs the heads of agencies to submit to Congress any material that he believes to be relevant to national security.
In January this year, the NSA submitted a request to the CIA, the US Secret Service and the FBI for ‘classified’ intelligence reports on Russia.
The NSA was also seeking ‘classified intelligence’ on ‘other matters of concern to the United States’.
The agency also requested information on ‘Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election’.
In addition, the report requested information about ‘Russian attempts to interfere in the United Kingdom’s 2016 British parliamentary elections’.
According to the NSA, these requests were made by the CIA in response to the publication of a report in December 2016 by the Senate Intelligence Committee that the CIA had ‘found no evidence that Russia interfered in the US election’.
This report did not name any specific Russian entities or individuals.
The CIA requested ‘classified information’ on US elections in October, 2017.
In response, the Senate intelligence committee reported that it had received a request from the CIA on 20 October 2017, which was sent to the agency’s Director, Mike Pompeo.
The Senate Intelligence committee report also reported that on 19 October 2017 and in response, CIA Director Pompeo informed the CIA Director of the Senate committee, John Brennan, that he would ‘take appropriate action’.
Pompeo also wrote that he was ‘concerned about the intelligence and legal implications of this request, and would provide further guidance as necessary’.
On 13 November 2017, the CIA asked the CIA director, Mike DeWine, to ‘consider issuing a declassified statement or other communication to Congress on these requests’ after the Senate report was released.
DeWines response on 14 November 2017 was to say that the requests were ‘not authorized by law or CIA procedures’.
DeWINE also stated that the ‘CIA’s review of the material was completed and the Agency has not determined any of the information requested was relevant to US intelligence or national security’.
He went on to say: ‘I can confirm that the Agency is aware of no specific information that the Russian Government sought to interfere with US elections.’
DeWyne went on: ‘The Agency has been in contact with several members of Congress and has discussed these matters with them.
‘However, the Agency remains confident that the material requested is of no significant intelligence value.’
According to DeWini, the Intelligence Committee investigation into the CIA’s hacking of the DNC and other US political organisations found that the agency had ‘no evidence that the Russians sought to influence the US elections or influence US political processes in any way, shape or form’.
The CIA, however, also found that it did not have any ‘specific information’ that Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee.
The Russian government also denied any involvement in the hacking of political parties.
In a statement on Friday, the State Department denied the allegations that the Trump administration sought to ‘silence’ the CIA and the National Security Agency.
In its report on the Russian hacking, the Office of the Director in Charge of National Security said: ‘There was no evidence to support claims of Russian hacking of US political institutions or the US political system.’
‘The Office of Director in Chief is confident that we have fully and fairly conducted our review and that no information was ‘misclassified’ in the intelligence community’s assessment of Russian interference in our elections or US politics.
‘The CIA’s review was complete and the CIA has not decided whether to declassate any information that it found to be ‘of no significant value’.
‘The Director in chief was unaware of any specific information the Russians or any other foreign government had sought to alter or influence our elections.
‘Director DeWinne informed Congress that he had no further comment on the matter.
The House Intelligence