March 13th, 2014
03:49 PM ET
8 months ago

Pelosi: Alleged CIA spying on Senate committee ‘appalling’

Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called recent allegations of CIA spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee "pretty appalling" and said the agency’s response to the controversy has been "befuddling" so far.

"I have very serious concerns about transparency and oversight and the intelligence community honoring its responsibility to Congress in that regard," Pelosi told reporters.

She called on the CIA to share information with Congress.

The blow up between Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein and the CIA stems from that panel’s probe of the spy agency’s controversial Bush-era detention and interrogation program of terror suspects in the years following 9/11.

Feinstein on Tuesday angrily accused the CIA of searching computers used by committee staff last year as part of a comprehensive report the panel was preparing. She also disputed accusations her staff had improperly obtained an internal CIA review related to the investigation.

Pelosi served on the House Intelligence Committee for years and has a security clearance for regular briefings because of her top leadership post.

CIA Director John Brennan has denied the agency hacked into Senate computers, and urged all sides to let the investigative process play out.

While Pelosi acknowledged she hasn't seen all of Brennan’s statements on the matter, she took a swipe at him, saying, "what I have seen are befuddling to me."

As speaker in 2009, Pelosi had her own tussle with the CIA over whether it was forthcoming with information it shared with congressional committees about the use of waterboarding techniques on terror suspects.

Pelosi credited Feinstein for her "courage" for taking on the intelligence community.

"But you don't fight it without a price, because, they come after you. And they don't always tell the truth about it," Pelosi said.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    It's sad that the relationship between the Intelligence Committee and CIA has come to this all to cover George Bush & Dick Cheney's behind for committing WAR CRIMES.

    March 13, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Moderate

    Leather Face speaks!

    March 13, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    This standoff between the administration, the Congress, and the CIA has been going on ever since Bush left office. It's why Di-Fi's committee has been investigating this for going on five years now.

    March 13, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. ED1

    As always Nancy jumps the gun the question is have they spied Senate Committee you, Al, and Jackson seem to always accuse people before the facts are proven when will you ever learn.

    March 13, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Chris-E...al

    Do you know whats befuddlng to me? Is why they passd the n0t sm ACA without not knowing whats in . IM sure botox is in it. And the tax payer funded abortions and free birth control pills for men an woman and a good o tax if you dont agree . N0 wonder the CIA was whatching them ? For this she should be deported far far away to candyland or water boarded to find 0ut whats in it .

    March 13, 2014 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -Chris-E...al

    Do you know whats befuddlng to me? Is why they passd the n0t sm ACA without not knowing whats in . IM sure botox is in it. And the tax payer funded abortions and free birth control pills for men an woman and a good o tax if you dont agree . N0 wonder the CIA was whatching them ? For this she should be deported far far away to candyland or water boarded to find 0ut whats in it .
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    Oh look, Chris-E...al made a funny! Isn't that just the cutest thing?

    March 13, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    I bet that CIA guys are Fox-hired hooligans, republican backed loots.

    March 13, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Chris – You continue to make me proud to be a democrat.

    March 13, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. tom l

    Some animals are more equal than other animals.

    March 13, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. bill

    Duchey; Let's not forget the pant suit queen voted for these "war crimes"

    March 13, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. don in albuquerque

    The CIA is hated and distrusted in just about every country in the world. Why should we be any different?

    March 13, 2014 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The Real Tom Paine

    -Chris-E...al

    Do you know whats befuddlng to me? Is why they passd the n0t sm ACA without not knowing whats in . IM sure botox is in it. And the tax payer funded abortions and free birth control pills for men an woman and a good o tax if you dont agree . N0 wonder the CIA was whatching them ? For this she should be deported far far away to candyland or water boarded to find 0ut whats in it .
    *******************
    Oh look, Chris-E...al made a funny! Isn't that just the cutest thing
    -------------------------------------------------
    It's a word salad. He sounds like Palin....so I guess it is in fact funny.

    March 13, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. smith

    @Dutch- War crimes? How about the current potus drone striking unarmed terror suspects? What happend to the rules of engagement?

    March 13, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. James R. Morgan Sr

    Won't that be something that hasn't happend in a long time.. a good honest man of principle in Congress.

    March 13, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. smith

    Pelosi and Feinstein are completely lost. Is anybody really surprised the CIA is spying on Senate members? As far as the so-called investigations into torture, that`s a joke. Obama wants nothing to do with it and I wonder why (read between the lines on that one).

    March 13, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |