March 12th, 2014
08:36 AM ET

Rep. Rogers: 'She Clearly Believes That Something Untoward Happened'

Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein is setting off a political fire storm, accusing the CIA of searching Senate computers, even removing documents from them.  She says it happened when her committee was investigating the agency’s now-defunct interrogation program, adding that she believes the CIA may have violated the Constitution or broken federal law.

Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Republican Mike Rogers of Michigan, joined us on "New Day" Wednesday to discuss this issue with CNN's Chris Cuomo.

While he said he hates to  speculate, Rogers warned if someone did break the law, they would pay for their crimes.

"It's troubling to see this, but I do have just immense respect for Senator Feinstein.  So if she's going down to the floor, there’s - she clearly believes that something untoward happened.  The IG has referred a criminal referral to the Department of Justice.  So there's something there.  We need to get to the bottom of this soon to make sure that this thing doesn't spill over and stop the agency from being able to do its work.

At the same time, we also need to make sure that the agency did not break any laws.  That would be a pretty horrific situation and it would destroy that legislative-CIA relationship.  And here's the other troubling thing, to have the CIA deciding that they were going to openly confront the legislative oversight body is - that in itself was troubling.  I think that was a horrible decision.  So we need to unwind this, get tensions down, and find out what the facts are so we can get this behind us and move forward."

 

 

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