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

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

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 FeinsteinOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — FDA issues proposal to limit sales of flavored e-cigs | Trump health chief gets grilling | Divisions emerge over House drug pricing bills | Dems launch investigation into short-term health plans The Hill's Morning Report - Boeing crisis a test for Trump administration Trump faces growing pressure over Boeing safety concerns MORE (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the panel, according to Monday reports.


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

Panel Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyKlobuchar: ObamaCare a 'missed opportunity' to address drug costs Just one in five expect savings from Trump tax law: poll Divisions emerge over House drug price bills MORE (R-Iowa) and Feinstein had asked CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo open to future Senate run: 'The Lord will get me to the right place' Overnight Defense: Trump issues first veto over 'reckless' emergency resolution | Pompeo moves to restrict international court probing war crimes | Trump taps Air Force general for NATO commander The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump condemns 'horrible' New Zealand mosque shootings 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.