Feinstein, a Democrat, chairs the
"I have grave concerns that the CIA search may well have violated the separation of powers principles," Feinstein said in a speech on the Senate floor. "I am not taking it lightly."
In comments to reporters, Graham was even more dramatic. "This is
Meanwhile, speaking to
But the ex-
Feinstein has been a strong supporter of surveillance programs as a necessary weapon in the fight against terrorists. In that cause, amassing a mountain of private phone records is justified, in the senator's view, but hacking into the Senate computer system is quite another matter. It's a violation of the Constitution and breaks various federal laws, including a presidential order against domestic surveillance, Feinstein says.
Other senators — including odd bedfellows
"It's outrageous when this happens to Congress, and it's outrageous when this happens to the American people," Lee said to the Huffington Post.