The CIA has just released a report showing that The White House had direct involvement in the agency’s spying on the United States Senate. Before you say “Watergate” – this is not even in the same category. This is grounds for IMMEDIATE impeachment. Real jail time for anyone that touched this should be a real consequence.
Since those involved are the president’s closest advisors, plausible deniability doesn’t seem to be a scapegoat here. How much did the president know? This unconstitutional exercise of power by the CIA surely had to be sanctioned by him.
CIA Director John Brennan discussed with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough the intention to search the hard drive of a computer being used by staffers working for then-head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to investigate the use of “torture” by the CIA on suspected terrorists.
This bombshell revelation was included in the report released by the CIA’s Office of the Inspector General on Wednesday. It said that Brennan ordered CIA investigators to use “whatever means necessary” to ascertain how Senate investigators had obtained “certain sensitive internal documents.”
Feinstein’s committee was in the process of conducting its own investigation into the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques, a program that had been discontinued shortly after Obama took office, as part of its constitutional oversight role of the executive branch.
The CIA’s investigating its congressional overseers was bad enough.
The new information seems to indicate that the White House was fully aware of the CIA’s actions and made no move to stop it.
After becoming aware of the CIA’s snooping, Feinstein argued that the CIA had “likely violated the constitutional separation of powers,” according to The Huffington Post.
The White House, not surprisingly, declined comment, implying that Obama’s Administration agrees and is either scrambling for a defense or simply has none.
The Inspector General found that the five CIA employees who conducted the search had “engaged in wrongdoing,” according to HuffPo, but that their actions were not punishable.
A CIA Accountability Review Board report, also released on Wednesday, said that Brennan — who denied telling CIA employees to use “whatever means necessary” — failed to “appreciate what forensic techniques were necessary to answer his questions.”
But Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), also an Intelligence Committee member, was not as forgiving.
“It is incredible that no one at the CIA has been held accountable for this very clear violation of constitutional principles,” he told HuffPo. “Director Brennan either needs to reprimand the individuals involved or take responsibility himself. So far he has done neither.”
A democrat is calling out his own party. Just imagine what the Republicans have to say about this.
The Founding Fathers meant exactly this when they incorporated the phrase “high crimes and misdemeanors” in Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution.
Impeachment proceedings need to start NOW. If this doesn’t motivate people from both parties to start the process, it probably never will.
H/T: Conservative Tribune
Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie in Twitter @GOPKatie