Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On CIA Confirmation of Searching Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Computers

“I am appalled that the CIA searched the computers of Senate staffers who were working to shed light on a very dark chapter in our Nation’s history.  Congressional oversight of the executive branch, without fear of interference or intimidation, is fundamental to our Nation’s founding principle of the separation of powers.  The CIA’s misconduct threatens the institution of the Senate and its role in ensuring the proper oversight of our government.  The CIA Director owes the Senate and the American people an explanation of how this was allowed to occur.”

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