Speaking out for the first time Tuesday on allegations that the CIA had spied on Senate Intelligence Committee computers, committee chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the agency "may have undermined the constitutional framework" of congressional oversight.
A CIA investigation of the reported spying has been referred to the Justice Department. Feinstein commented, "I am not taking it lightly." The spy agency is accused of searching intelligence committee computers specifically dedicated to working on an investigation of the CIA's use of torture. The 6,000-page report produced by Senate investigators has been troublingly kept from public view.
The Washington Post reported:
Besides possible constitutional violations, Feinstein said the CIA may also have violated the Fourth Amendment, various federal laws and a presidential executive order that bars the agency from conducting domestic searches and surveillance. She said she has asked for an apology and recognition that the CIA search of the committee's computers was inappropriate, but, "I have received neither."