Some calming words from Atty. Gen.
Moreover, President Obama needs to intervene personally to ensure that the public finally gets to see the document at the center of the controversy: a voluminous report by the committee on the CIA's detention and interrogation of suspected terrorists after
On Wednesday, Holder commented on two issues that have been referred to the Justice Department for a possible criminal investigation: the search of Intelligence Committee computers by CIA employees and the allegation that committee staffers improperly accessed an internal CIA report about the detention and interrogation program. Holder said the department hadn't decided whether to pursue either.
In a speech on the Senate floor last week, Feinstein, the committee chair, criticized the CIA's former acting general counsel, Robert Eatinger, for referring the conduct of the staffers to the
In the same remarks, Feinstein accused the CIA of searching Senate computers containing not only agency documents but also the committee's notes. "I have grave concerns that the CIA search may well have violated the separation-of-powers principles," she said. Even if Holder decides that a criminal investigation of the CIA isn't warranted, someone in the executive branch needs to scrutinize the agency's conduct in this affair. The Intelligence Committee should be monitoring the CIA, not the other way around.
Feinstein's accusations were especially dramatic given her previously staunch support for the intelligence community, particularly in connection with the