Senate leaders Tuesday were concerned but careful about their next steps after Sen. Dianne Feinstein told the Senate the CIA may have violated constitutional principles by monitoring her committee’s computers.
“I believe in separation of powers. I support Senator Feinstein unequivocally, and I am disappointed that the CIA is apparently unrepentant for what I understand they did,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, told reporters.
Reid rejected, at least for now, the suggestion by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that an independent investigation might be needed.
“We’re about 14 steps away from that,” Reid said. He was circumspect about what’s next.
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“Right now there are a lot of things going on here. I think we should all just pause for a little bit, not very long, and find out where all this stuff leads,” he said.
“We do know, and there's been a number of public reports about this -- at least I believe that to be the case -- that the investigation that's been going on in the Intelligence Committee for years dealing with torture is about ready to come out,” he said.
“I haven't read it, but I think we should get that out and then find out what's going on.”
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell also urged patience.
“My understanding is there's an investigation underway. And I'm not going to comment on an ongoing investigation,” the Kentucky senator said.
“My view would be that I'm not yet prepared to comment on this investigation. We're watching it very carefully."