Leaders of three House panels on Friday said they had established a joint task force to probe whether the Obama administration pressured intelligence analysts to skew data to make the Islamic State and its allies seem weaker in their reports.
Reps. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, will lead the investigation on behalf of the Armed Services and Intelligence committees and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
The Pentagon inspector general's office also is investigating the allegations from analysts at U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla., and Defense Department officials have promised lawmakers a full accounting.
"In addition to looking into the specific allegations, the Joint Task Force will examine whether these allegations reflect systemic problems across the intelligence enterprise in CENTCOM or any other pertinent intelligence organizations," Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Freylinghuysen, R-N.J., said in a statement.
"Any accusation of intelligence being altered to fit a political narrative must be fully investigated and those responsible held accountable," added Pompeo in a statement.