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Rubio: CIA story 'more complicated' than what Feinstein suggests



Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein today accused the CIA of violating and interfering with the panel's work, and a number of senators have weighed in. We asked Sen. Marco Rubio, a member of the committee, for comment and his office provided a transcript of an interview the Florida Republican did today with Bloomberg.

Final question for you, different topic. We heard from Senator Feinstein from the floor of the Senate just a short time ago about the CIA effectively hacking into the Senate Intelligence Committee. computers. She’s asked for an apology, for the Justice Department to investigate. As a sitting U.S. Senator, what do you make of this? Is the CIA going rogue?

RUBIO: Well, again, because I’m a member of that committee, I’m — others may choose to be more forthcoming about — but I try to protect the nature of the work we do in that committee.  Let me just say that I think that story has two sides; I think it’s a bit more complicated than what’s being put out there by Senator Feinstein or others. I think at the end of the day there should be an impartial investigation as to what happened. And you may end up finding out that both sides are to blame, that both sides committed mistakes.

But there should be an impartial investigation of it, and I think until that point people should reserve judgment. But I would just caution that I don’t think anyone has a clean hand and I think it’s important for the full truth to come out. I think people may be surprised to learn that, in this case, there were no good guys and maybe two or three bad ones.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:22pm]


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