Feinstein: CIA to finish declassifying Senate report by July 4

The CIA is close to finishing its review of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the use of "enhanced interrogation" techniques and hopes to have it ready by July 4, Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said.

Feinstein said she didn't think the agency was dragging its feet on the review and she was assured by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper it should be ready early next month. The declassified Senate report would likely be made public soon after.

"The person in charge is Director Clapper, and I’ve spoken with him a few weeks ago," she told Al Hunt, a columnist for Bloomberg News, on Friday. "He’s assured me about — that this would be very straightforward and that he hoped to have it available around the Fourth of July."

In early April, the Senate Intelligence panel voted to declassify the report's executive summary, conclusion, findings and dissenting view from Republicans. The CIA, though, is tasked with reviewing the report to determine what can be declassified and shared with the public.

At the time, Feinstein said she hoped the CIA could finish the process in 30 days but admitted that was wishful thinking. 

She has previously pushed to speed up the review and expressed reservations about the CIA, which was criticized in the report, taking the lead on the redaction process. 

The report is expected to reveal that harsh interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, used by the CIA during President George W. Bush's administration largely did not produce useful information, including in the search for Osama bin Laden. 

Republicans on the committee, who did not participate in the production of the report, and the CIA have taken issue with the some of the findings. The CIA issued a rebuttal last December. 

The fight between lawmakers and the CIA boiled over in March when Feinstein took to the Senate floor to accuse the agency of illegally accessing computers used by her committee and removing documents they were reviewing.

Intelligence officials, though, said they were only investigating if committee staff had gained access to documents they were not supposed to have.

This story was updated at 4:21 p.m.