House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — The Quad confab House passes sweeping defense policy bill After messy Afghanistan withdrawal, questions remain MORE (R-Mich.) said Sunday he doesn’t think the CIA spied on the Senate.
Rogers said it’s clear that someone at the CIA “overstepped their bounds,” but he also defended the agency during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union."
The House Intelligence chief said the story of the CIA’s dispute with the Senate is a complicated one, but he added that the “notion” that the CIA “hacked” into congressional computers” is wrong.
“Remember, these weren’t Senate computers, these were CIA computers at the CIA,” he said.
“Somebody needs to be held accountable. This is very serious. But I don’t think this is some conspiracy notion that they wanted to spy on either of our committees,” Rogers said. “That of course would be intolerable. I think [it] would be a crime.
“This suggests someone overstepped their bounds by trying to figure out what the coding was on who had access to CIA computers and CIA spaces. “
An internal CIA report released last week criticized the CAI for searching computer files and reading emails of Senate investigators who had been looking into the CIA’s interrogation practices.
The CIA had set up secure computers for Senate staff to use on the CIA grounds.