Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, escalated a behind-the-scenes dispute with the CIA by publicly accusing the spy agency of secretly searching a Senate computer system, an act she said undermines congressional intelligence oversight and may have violated the law.
The expanding dispute has opened a rift between the CIA and the Senate committee that oversees it and often has defended it. Already, some CIA officers could face criminal prosecution as a result of a Justice Department investigation of the incident.
“I have grave concerns that the CIA search may well have violated the separation of powers principles,” Feinstein said on the Senate floor. “I am not taking it lightly.”
I haven’t decided, yet, how I feel about this. On one hand, she’s saying something, and from what I understand they deleted documents that could have resulted in further shaming the Bush/Cheney two-man torture team.
On the other hand, I don’t remember her ever complaining about the rest of us being spied on.
So, I’m still inclined to refer to her as “the odious DiFi”.