As California's senior Senator, Dianne Feinstein has built a reputation as an independent voice, working with both Democrats and Republicans to find common-sense solutions to the problems facing California and the Nation.
Most recently, Senator Feinstein became the first female Senator to assume the chairmanship of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
A native of San Francisco, she was elected to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors in 1969 and served 2 ½ terms as President of the Board.
(Julie Percha and Theresa Poulson/The Washington Post) Let me say up front that I come to the Senate floor reluctantly.
Since January 15th, 2014, when I was informed of the CIA search of this committee’s network, I’ve been trying to resolve this dispute in a discreet and respectful way.
The committee's preference was for the CIA to turn over all responsive documents to the committee's office, as had been done in previous committee investigations.
Director Panetta proposed an alternative arrangement, to provide literally millions of pages of operational cables, internal emails, memos and other documents pursuant to a committee's document request at a secure location in northern Virginia.He assured us that this was not destruction of evidence, as detailed records of the interrogations existed on paper in the form of CIA operational tables describing the detention conditions and the day-to-day CIA interrogations.The CIA director stated that these cables were, quote, a more than adequate representation, end quote, of what would have been on the destroyed tapes.Senator Feinstein also serves on the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, which she chaired during the 110th Congress.In that capacity, Senator Feinstein was the first woman to chair the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, and presided over the Inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009.During the 110th Congress, Senator Feinstein became the first woman to chair the Senate Rules and Administration Committee.In that capacity, Senator Feinstein served as the Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Services – overseeing the official swearing in ceremony for our nation’s 44th President, Barack Obama.In fact, we were briefed by then-CIA Director Hayden only hours before President Bush disclosed the program to the public.A little more than a year later, on December 6th, 2007, a New York Times article revealed the troubling fact that the CIA had destroyed video tapes of some of the CIA’s first interrogations using so-called enhanced techniques. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday morning accused the CIA of violating federal law, detailing how the agency secretly removed documents from computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Over the past week, there have been numerous press articles written about the Intelligence Committee’s oversight review of the detention and interrogation program of the CIA.The following is a complete transcript of Feinstein’s speech, courtesy of Federal News Service. Specifically, press attention has focused on the CIA’s intrusion and search of the Senate Select Committee’s computers, as well as the committee’s acquisition of a certain internal CIA document known as the “Panetta Review.” I rise today to set the record straight and to provide a full accounting of the facts and history.