Reports: CIA denies Senate Judiciary access to material on Russian interference

Reports: CIA denies Senate Judiciary access to material on Russian interference
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The CIA has allegedly rejected the Senate Judiciary Committee's request to access certain information about Russian interference in last year's election.

“We were turned down,” said Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel Feinstein Ban on new offshore drilling must stay in the Build Back Better Act Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Jane Fonda to push for end to offshore oil drilling in California MORE (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the panel, according to Monday reports.

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Feinstein called the agency's decision a disappointment, but said the "issue isn't finished."

Panel Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyAnother voice of reason retires Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter McConnell: GOP should focus on future, not 'rehash' 2020 MORE (R-Iowa) and Feinstein had asked CIA Director Mike PompeoMike PompeoThe CIA's next mission: Strategic competition with China and Russia Biden, Trump tied in potential 2024 match-up: poll Why is Trump undermining his administration's historic China policies? MORE to view the same material related to the ongoing Russia probe that the agency had shared with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The CIA ultimately declined the request of leaders of Judiciary panel. 

Feinstein said the documents relate to matters of obstruction of justice, which fall within the panel's jurisdiction.

Both the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees have signaled an interest in social media companies' possible role in pushing messages planted by foreign agents who aimed to sway the election. 

“There should be a hearing on this issue, because it relates directly to our oversight of the Department of Justice and the FBI, and these ads raise profound and pressing questions that have to be explored so the public is aware of this threat,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Judiciary panel, according to Politico.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is also leading an independent investigation on behalf of the Justice Department in addition to several congressional panels who are looking into where and how Russia meddled in the presidential election.