President Barack Obama is ordering the National Security Agency to begin digging up details about what it knows about Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The orders, obtained by The Associated Press, are in response to a series of requests by congressional committees probing Russian meddling in the election and whether Moscow tried to help President Donald Trump win the presidency.
The order directs the National Reconnaissance Office, the NSA’s intelligence arm, to conduct a comprehensive review of Russian activities, including its role in interfering in the U.A.E. election.
The agencies cyber division and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence are also to review the results of the cyberattacks and identify whether they have been effective in deterring further actions by Russia.
It is not clear how the review will be conducted, or whether the agency will begin digging for evidence.
Obama ordered the reviews in February and March to ensure that he is not blindsided by any new evidence about Russia and will not be forced to act alone.
The review will begin with the Sept. 17 election, which was the last presidential contest before Trump was sworn in.
The order is expected to be formally announced in the coming days.
The White House is also expected to unveil a series to Congress that would detail intelligence and law enforcement agencies’ efforts to fight the spread of propaganda and propaganda aimed at hurting the United States and its allies.
Trump has said that Russia was behind a number of hacking and disinformation operations aimed at damaging Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign and potentially helping him.
In the weeks leading up to the election, Trump was quick to say he believed Russia was responsible.