Sens. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Ron Wyden, D-Ore. and Martin Heinrich D-N.M., who are all members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, asked Brennan to promise that an improper search of Senate files would never happen again.
In January 2014, CIA officials secretly searched Senate Intelligence Committee files while the committee was investigating the agency’s use of torture from 2002-2007.
However, Brennan repeatedly denied that the search ever happened. Now, he acknowledges that it did take place, but has yet to admit that the search was improper. So far, Brennan has managed to avoid any major repercussions, and no one from the CIA has been fired or seriously reprimanded because of the search, according to The Hill.
“It is vitally important for the American public to have confidence that senior intelligence officials respect US laws and the Constitution, including our democratic system of checks and balances,” the senators wrote in the letter to Brennan. “We call on you to acknowledge that this search was improper, and commit that these unacceptable actions will not be repeated.”
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono wants the CIA director to fess up.
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