Sen. Dianne Feinstein: The CIA spied on the Senate — and may have violated the Constitution

Allison Shelley/Getty Images

Sen. Dianne Feinstein: The CIA spied on the Senate — and may have violated the Constitution
(Image credit: Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

Senate Intelligence Committee head Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Tuesday ripped the Central Intelligence Agency, saying the spy agency improperly monitored a computer network Congress used to draft a report on the CIA's clandestine interrogation program. The CIA "may have undermined the constitutional framework" of separation of powers, Feinstein charged, adding that the case had been referred to the Justice Department for possible prosecution.

Last week, reports suggested the CIA had spied on Senate staffers as they worked on a massive report about the CIA's controversial interrogation and rendition practices under President George W. Bush. Feinstein's remarks were the first public confirmation from the Intelligence Committee of the alleged spying.

Subscribe to The Week

Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.

SUBSCRIBE & SAVE
https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/flexiimages/jacafc5zvs1692883516.jpg

Sign up for The Week's Free Newsletters

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up
To continue reading this article...
Continue reading this article and get limited website access each month.
Get unlimited website access, exclusive newsletters plus much more.
Cancel or pause at any time.
Already a subscriber to The Week?
Not sure which email you used for your subscription? Contact us