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In a March 12, 2014 article, TechNewsWorld quoted Venable partner and retired Navy Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett on Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) recent claims that the CIA tried to thwart a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation of the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation program. Citing several examples of misconduct including spying on computers used by the Committee in the investigation, Feinstein, who chairs the Committee, said the agency may have violated the separation of powers clause of the U.S. Constitution in addition to other principal laws. The CIA has denied the accusations.

Barnett said “It’s particularly extraordinary that Sen. Feinstein is formally going before the Senate and stating her complaints because she has been such a defender of the intelligence community and the CIA in particular.”