Under the Rug: Justice Dept Drops Case Against CIA Spying on Senate Intel Staff

Nothing to see here. Move along.

McClatchy DC has confirmed that the Justice Department is no longer going to pursue a case against the CIA, which is accused of spying on members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

As the feud between the two agencies played out in public in early May, it was learned that both the CIA and the Senate committee were accusing the other of criminal conduct. Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said the CIA was spying on her staff. CIA officials accused Feinstein's staff of removing classified agency documents and taking them to Capitol Hill. The contretemps even sparked Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) to launch an independent investigation into the matter.

As McClatchy points out, the results of these investigations are unknown and all parties involved have fallen silent:

[I]t seems that the details of both sides’ accusations will never be publicly aired, leaving simmering tensions and a battered relationship.

Although fury flooded Capitol Hill in the immediate aftermath of the dispute, the incident seemed to have largely faded from memory, despite its enormous potential implications on the constitutional balance of powers.

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