DOJ Declines to Investigate CIA’s Alleged Spying on Senate

You may recall a news cycle a few months ago, in which Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) excoriated the Central Intelligence Agency for spying on Senate staffers as they investigated the CIA for potential Bush-era malfeasance.

Welp, forget it. The Department of Justice announced Thursday it would not be investigating the charges. “The department carefully reviewed the matters referred to us and did not find sufficient evidence to warrant a criminal investigation,” a DOJ spokesperson said.

The eavesdropping allegedly took place at the CIA’s Langley headquarters, where staffers were given access to secure agency computers as part of their investigation into the CIA’s enhanced interrogation practices — agency computers that were monitored by the CIA.

Feinstein denounced the spying on the Senate floor, even indicating that the CIA had violated the Constitution, which raised some hackles given her full-throated support of NSA surveillance programs. Meanwhile, CIA Director John Brennan denied any misconduct.

[h/t McClatchy]

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