Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to accuse the CIA of violating federal law by secretly removing documents from computers used by her committee’s staff. In her remarks, she laid out a timeline of events. Here is her version of what happened:
March 5, 2009: The Senate Intelligence Committee votes to review the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program and requests documents from the CIA. Then-Director Leon Panetta proposes an arrangement under which documents are on a standalone, secure system for the committee.
Mid-2009: The CIA starts making documents available electronically at a facility it leases.
February 2010: About 870 documents or pages of documents are removed from the computers used by Intelligence Committee staffers.
May 2010: About 50 more documents or pages of documents are removed. The same month, committee staff members notice that documents that had been available before weren’t anymore. CIA personnel first blame the removal on IT workers, then say it was ordered by the White House. The White House denies involvement.
May 2010: Feinstein discusses the issue with the White House counsel.
May 17, 2010: CIA’s then-director of congressional affairs apologizes.
December 2012: The Intelligence Committee approves a report on the rendition, detention and interrogation program and provides it to the executive branch for comment. The report is not released publicly.
June 27, 2013: The CIA delivers a response to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report.
Jan. 15: Feinstein says she was informed of the CIA search of the Intelligence Committee’s computers.
Jan. 17: Feinstein writes to CIA Director John Brennan objecting to the CIA’s search of computers used by the Intelligence Committee.
Jan. 23: Feinstein writes to Brennan with “12 specific questions about the CIA’s actions.” She says the CIA has not answered these questions.
March 11: Feinstein speaks on the Senate floor, accusing the CIA of breaking laws and breaching constitutional principles in an attempt to undermine the committee’s investigation.