Sen. Dianne Feinstein: CIA inappropriately searched Senate Intelligence Committee's computers

CIA chief denies accusation

(CNN) -- The chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee accused the Central Intelligence Agency on Tuesday of inappropriately searching the committee's computers as the panel investigated the CIA's detention and interrogation program

Speaking on the Senate floor, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said CIA Director John Brennan told her in January that agency personnel searched the computers because of a belief that the panel might have had access to an internal review of the matter.

"The CIA did not ask the committee or its staff if the committee had access to the internal review or how we obtained it. Instead, the CIA just went and searched the committee's computer," she said. "... I have grave concerns that the CIA search may have ... violated the separation of powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution."

"As far as the allegations of CIA hacking into Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth," Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan said Tuesday. "We wouldn't do that. That's just beyond the scope of reason."

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