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The CIA Just Denied the Senate Judiciary Committee

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The CIA Just Denied the Senate Judiciary Committee

According to the Panel’s top Democrat, the CIA denied the Senate Judiciary Committee access to view some of the same information about Russian meddling that the intelligence committee has already reviewed.

Last week, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked CIA Director Mike Pompeo to view several unspecified materials related to their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has already vowed these materials, which is a sign that battles between the two panels could be in the near future.

Feinstein told reporters, “We were turned down.” She also said that the CIA’s decision was a “disappointment.”

She concluded by saying, “the issue is not finished.”

Judiciary committee members have also signaled their interest in probing the role that social media companies could have played in enforcing the alleged foreign influence campaign.

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a Judiciary panel member, told reporters Monday, “There should be a hearing on this issue, because it relates directly to our oversight of the Department of Justice and the FBI, and these ads raise profound and pressing questions that have to be explored, so the public is aware of this threat.”

What are your thoughts? Should the Senate Judiciary leaders be granted access to that information?

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Credit: Politico

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