Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that the Senate Intelligence Committee is set to release a draft report on the use of data mining to help the agency better understand the 2016 election.
The report will likely be released this week and be the first look at how the agency’s controversial data mining program is currently being used, Schumer said at a Capitol news conference.
Schumer said he hopes that the committee’s findings will inform the next steps of the Senate’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“I believe that this is a very important issue that needs to be addressed,” Schumer said.
Schultz said the Senate is also examining whether the agency has used its data mining capabilities to help track down Americans suspected of involvement in cyber attacks or leaks.
“What we have learned so far is that the FBI has a very strong track record in locating and disrupting cyber threats,” he said.
“We need to know what exactly the intelligence agencies have learned, what are the steps that they have taken to ensure that they are using that information to target their cyber threats effectively.”
Schumer also called on the Intelligence Committee to provide an explanation as to why the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General is not conducting a criminal investigation into the agency.
The Office of Inspector General recently released a scathing report criticizing the Justice department for its failure to properly investigate and prosecute any of the many instances of illegal and improper behavior by the FBI’s counterintelligence division.
The Office’s report also faulted FBI Director James Comey and his office for not acting on warnings about the potential dangers of the program.