(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- According to a report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General, former Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf allegedly altered an intelligence assessment about Russian interference in the 2020 election and delayed its delivery to assist his boss, former President Donald Trump.
Former President Trump appointed Wolf as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security in November 2019.
The DHS Inspector General reviewed the intelligence assessment, interviewed relevant officials, and concluded that Wolf failed to follow department policies when he altered and delayed the internal assessment’s distribution.
Fox News correspondent David Spunt reported last week that the Inspector General found that Wolf was worried the intelligence assessment would hurt Trump and instructed staff to “kill it.”
According to the IG report, despite having no formal role in reviewing the internal assessment, Wolf “participated in the review process multiple times.” On at least one occasion, Wolf delayed the dissemination of the report. By doing so, the IG found, Wolf put the intelligence assessment “at risk of creating politicization.”
The intelligence assessment claimed that Russian actors were spreading online rumors that then-candidate Joe Biden had mental health problems. Wolf and his staff allegedly acted slowly citing concerns about “political considerations.”
The Inspector-General concluded that Wolf had asked that the intelligence assessment be withheld based on interviews with officials and a review of documents. According to the report, Wolf asked that the assessment be held because it made the former president look bad and hurt his campaign since any intelligence claiming Russia was acting to harm Biden could be used politically against then-President Trump.
The Acting Under Secretary of Intelligence Analysis had noted at the time that Wolf said the report “will hurt POTUS – kill it per his authorities.”
Watch the Fox News report on the story at Mediaite.