Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
October 7, 2015

McCain: ‘What Did the Director of the CIA Know and When Did He Know It?’

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have joined the chorus expressing outrage at the bombshell confirmation that the CIA was snooping on the Senate.

The two senators indicated they looked forward to having conversations with colleagues over the August recess about a variety of responses, including congressional inquiries or a special prosecutor.

“This is to me [of] the utmost seriousness. What did the director of the CIA know and when did he know it?” McCain said.

Both senators blasted CIA Director John O. Brennan for having issued a public denial of the original allegations made by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Other senators have begun to call for the resignation of Brennan, as New Mexico Democrat Martin Heinrich did just after noon Friday on MSNBC.

The CIA conceded Thursday that it had, in fact, improperly accessed computers being used by Senate Intelligence Committee investigators to investigate the use of torture tactics during the George W. Bush administration.

“What action did he take if he knew about it, and if he didn’t know about it, why in the world didn’t he know that people under his direct responsibility were violating the fundamental barriers of constitutional authority and responsibility?” asked McCain. “If we don’t hold the director of the CIA responsible for this, then I don’t know … where responsibility could lie.”

Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said one key would be to make sure that the issue remains on the radar of fellow senators.

“The first thing you’ve got to do is to create desire. We’ve got to create desire among the body not to let this pass. We’ve got to create … desire to make sure that this apology is not the end of the inquiry here, because of the ramifications that Sen. McCain indicated,” Graham said.

“There needs to be an objective investigation composed of individuals that have the trust and confidence of the American people. Now exactly what that is, I think we should discuss,” McCain said. “I am a great admirer of my former colleague Sen. [Evan] Bayh, but an accountability review board is not appropriate for an issue of this magnitude.”

The CIA said Thursday that Bayh, an ex-Democratic senator from Indiana, would head up a review.

“I’ve never believed that an agency of government, particularly with the capabilities of the CIA, would carry out such actions, which is a clearly unconstitutional … in some ways it’s worse than criminal,” McCain said.


CIA Confirms Staff Inappropriately Accessed Senate Investigators’ Computers; Udall Calls for Brennan’s Resignation (Updated) (Video)

Reid: CIA Snooping on the Senate ‘Appalling’

Comments (75)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

author email

  1. Jack

    Aug. 1, 2014
    1:40 p.m.

    ‘What Did the Director of the CIA Know and When Did He Know It?’
    The real question is, “What did Arlen Spector, I mean Sen McCain know and when did he know it?”

  2. the viceroy's gin

    Aug. 1, 2014
    6:41 p.m.

    McCain and Graham love warrantless spying and data collection. Who are these 2 trying to kid?

  3. erick

    Aug. 2, 2014
    2:10 a.m.

    When did the CIA director know that the CIA was doing drug experiments on unwitting American citizens? When did the CIA director know that the CIA was smuggling in illegal narcotics to be sold to your kids in school? When did the CIA director know that the CIA was spying on American citizens in the USA in violation of the CIA’s own charter?

  4. Elle Tee

    Aug. 3, 2014
    7:36 p.m.

    While liberty is often confused with democratic processes, the right to vote does not imply that centralized control has been minimized or that those who are ineligible to vote are victims of coercion.

  5. A Semper Fi Marine

    Aug. 4, 2014
    10:16 p.m.

    RINO McCain needs to GO! He’s all up in arms about THIS ISSUE – and doesn’t know where the faults should lie of not with Brennan – HELLO!!!!! WHO IS BRENNAN’S BOSS? Jack**s! There have been so many instances of corruption within this administration, but be damned if you raise He** about any except the one where YOU were possibly involved – piece of work – ALL of them.

  6. Anonymous

    July 4, 2015
    6:13 p.m.

    This web site is really a walk-through for all of the info you wanted about this and didn’t know who to ask. Glimpse here, and you’ll definitely discover it.

  7. Anonymous

    July 7, 2015
    8:56 a.m.

    Wohh precisely what I was looking for, appreciate it for putting up.

  8. Anonymous

    July 7, 2015
    8:47 p.m.

    There is noticeably a bundle to identify about this. I believe you made certain nice points in features also.

  9. Anonymous

    July 9, 2015
    11:29 a.m.

    Awsome blog! I am loving it!! Will be back later to read some more. I am taking your feeds also.

  10. Anonymous

    July 18, 2015
    7:36 a.m.

    As I website possessor I believe the content matter here is rattling magnificent , appreciate it for your hard work. You should keep it up forever! Good Luck.

  11. Anonymous

    July 18, 2015
    8:23 a.m.

    Thank you for sharing excellent informations. Your website is so cool. I am impressed by the details that you have on this website. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for more articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found just the information I already searched all over the place and simply couldn’t come across. What a great web-site.

  12. Anonymous

    July 19, 2015
    9:59 a.m.

    Real instructive and excellent complex body part of subject matter, now that’s user genial (:.

  13. Anonymous

    July 21, 2015
    5:36 a.m.

    Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to several friends ans additionally sharing in delicious. And naturally, thanks for your sweat!

  14. carton porn

    July 22, 2015
    5:15 p.m.

    I cannot thank you enough for the blog article.Much thanks again. Keep writing.

  15. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    12:15 a.m.

    This is really interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I’ve shared your web site in my social networks!

  16. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    12:17 a.m.

    I am not rattling great with English but I come up this real easy to translate.

  17. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    6:28 a.m.

    Simply want to say your article is as astonishing. The clarity in your post is simply cool and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission allow me to grab your feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the gratifying work.

  18. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    7:46 a.m.

    Thankyou for helping out, excellent info .

  19. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    10:03 p.m.

    Good day! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

  20. Anonymous

    July 26, 2015
    8:52 a.m.

    Simply desire to say your article is as surprising. The clearness in your post is simply cool and i can assume you’re an expert on this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the enjoyable work.

  21. Anonymous

    July 26, 2015
    10:08 a.m.

    Hi, I desire to subscribe for this website to take latest updates, therefore where can i do it please assist.

  22. Anonymous

    July 26, 2015
    9:10 p.m.

    I need to to thank you for this excellent read!! I definitely loved every bit of it. I have got you book-marked to check out new things you post…

  23. Anonymous

    July 26, 2015
    9:56 p.m.

    Fastidious answers in return of this question with firm arguments and describing the whole thing concerning that.

  24. Anonymous

    July 28, 2015
    7:14 a.m.

    Good article and right to the point. I am not sure if this is really the best place to ask but do you guys have any thoughts on where to get some professional writers? Thank you :)

  25. Anonymous

    July 28, 2015
    8:39 a.m.

    I see something really interesting about your web site so I saved to bookmarks.

  26. Anonymous

    July 30, 2015
    5:58 p.m.

    Thank you, I’ve just been looking for information approximately this topic for ages and yours is the best I’ve found out till now. However, what about the bottom line? Are you certain concerning the supply?

  27. Anonymous

    July 30, 2015
    8:40 p.m.

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  28. Anonymous

    Aug. 6, 2015
    9:43 a.m.

    What i do not understood is if truth be told how you are now not really much more neatly-appreciated than you may be right now. You’re so intelligent. You realize therefore considerably relating to this matter, produced me individually believe it from so many numerous angles. Its like men and women don’t seem to be interested until it is one thing to accomplish with Girl gaga! Your individual stuffs great. All the time care for it up!

  29. Anonymous

    Aug. 9, 2015
    9:20 p.m.

    Superb post however I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Thank you!

  30. Anonymous

    Aug. 12, 2015
    7:52 a.m.

    Whoa! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a completely different subject but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Great choice of colors!

  31. Anonymous

    Aug. 12, 2015
    6:23 p.m.

    My spouse and I stumbled over here from a different web page and thought I might check things out. I like what I see so now i’m following you. Look forward to checking out your web page again.

  32. eebest8

    Aug. 15, 2015
    11:50 a.m.

    Well I truly liked reading it. This article offered by you is very practical for correct planning.

  33. Anonymous

    Aug. 17, 2015
    11:31 p.m.

    Keep up the fantastic work, I read few blog posts on this site and I believe that your weblog is really interesting and has sets of superb info .

  34. Anonymous

    Aug. 19, 2015
    5:36 a.m.

    I’d forever want to be update on new content on this site, saved to bookmarks! .

  35. Anonymous

    Aug. 24, 2015
    6:14 a.m.

    Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your post seem to be running off the screen in Ie. I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know. The layout look great though! Hope you get the problem resolved soon. Many thanks

  36. Anonymous

    Aug. 24, 2015
    7:09 a.m.

    I’m really impressed along with your writing skills and also with the format to your weblog. Is this a paid topic or did you customize it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it is uncommon to look a nice blog like this one today..

  37. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    12:29 p.m.

    I will immediately grab your rss feed as I can’t to find your email subscription link or newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Please let me understand in order that I could subscribe. Thanks.

  38. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    1:10 p.m.

    Thank you, I’ve recently been searching for information about this topic for ages and yours is the greatest I have came upon so far. But, what in regards to the conclusion? Are you certain about the source?

  39. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    1:35 p.m.

    Hello! I simply want to give an enormous thumbs up for the great data you have got here on this post. I can be coming again to your weblog for extra soon.

  40. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    9:58 p.m.

    I discovered your weblog web site on google and check a few of your early posts. Proceed to keep up the excellent operate. I just additional up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. In search of ahead to reading extra from you in a while!…

  41. Anonymous

    Aug. 29, 2015
    6:54 p.m.

    My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post’s to be what precisely I’m looking for. Would you offer guest writers to write content for yourself? I wouldn’t mind creating a post or elaborating on a number of the subjects you write concerning here. Again, awesome web log!

  42. Anonymous

    Aug. 29, 2015
    9:50 p.m.

    Generally I do not read post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do it! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, quite nice post.

  43. Anonymous

    Aug. 30, 2015
    12:35 a.m.

    Definitely, what a splendid website and revealing posts, I surely will bookmark your website.Have an awsome day!

  44. Anonymous

    Sept. 1, 2015
    11:47 p.m.

    Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is great, let alone the content!

  45. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    8:56 a.m.

  46. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    5:12 p.m.

    Its wonderful as your other posts : D, regards for posting. “To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice.” by Kahlil Gibran.

  47. Anonymous

    Sept. 3, 2015
    12:03 a.m.

    excellent points altogether, you simply gained a brand new reader. What would you recommend in regards to your post that you made some days ago? Any positive?

  48. Anonymous

    Sept. 3, 2015
    4:01 a.m.

    Just wanna say that this is handy, Thanks for taking your time to write this.

  49. Anonymous

    Sept. 3, 2015
    8:46 a.m.

    There’s certainly a great deal to find out about this subject. I love all of the points you’ve made.
    新 fw62wg1cx バッグ

  50. Anonymous

    Sept. 7, 2015
    8:43 p.m.

    Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

  51. Anonymous

    Sept. 8, 2015
    9:21 a.m.

    It’s really a nice and helpful piece of info. I am glad that you just shared this useful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.,about,index.html

  52. Anonymous

    Sept. 8, 2015
    9:40 a.m.

    Hi there, You’ve done a great job. I will definitely digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this web site.

  53. Anonymous

    Sept. 17, 2015
    2:49 a.m.

    This is the right blog for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

  54. Anonymous

    Sept. 17, 2015
    9:34 a.m.

    Hi, Neat post. There’s a problem with your site in internet explorer, would test this… IE still is the market leader and a big portion of people will miss your great writing due to this problem.

  55. Anonymous

    Sept. 17, 2015
    1:35 p.m.

    Very well written information. It will be beneficial to anybody who usess it, as well as myself. Keep doing what you are doing – looking forward to more posts.

  56. Anonymous

    Sept. 17, 2015
    8:36 p.m.

    hello!,I like your writing very much! share we communicate more about your post on AOL? I need an expert on this area to solve my problem. May be that’s you! Looking forward to see you.

  57. federatedinsurance

    Sept. 19, 2015
    7:07 p.m.

    Thanks for great info, I will you use it for my review!

  58. hanover ins co

    Sept. 19, 2015
    7:56 p.m.

    Whats amazing note here. It would be great to use your info for future posts or comments.

  59. state farm insurance quote online

    Sept. 20, 2015
    11:27 a.m.

    Get auto and home insurance policies, combine, compare and save on quotes. Get cheapest policies from top companies.

  60. mutual insurance company

    Sept. 21, 2015
    4:53 p.m.

    Try discounts up to 40 percent on auto or home insurance, get quotes by zip code from top insurance companies.

  61. what is a mutual insurance company

    Sept. 22, 2015
    2:06 p.m.

    Its easy and fast to get insurance quotes by 5 digit zip code.

  62. amax auto insurance pay online

    Sept. 22, 2015
    5:11 p.m.

    It takes only few minutes to get quotes and save on home or auto insurance policies.

  63. amaxx insurance

    Sept. 22, 2015
    5:44 p.m.

    Its easy and fast to get insurance quotes by 5 digit zip code.

  64. Anonymous

    Sept. 22, 2015
    7:50 p.m.

    Hello There. I found your weblog the usage of msn. That is a very smartly written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your helpful info. Thank you for the post. I’ll certainly comeback.

  65. Anonymous

    Sept. 22, 2015
    8:14 p.m.

    Howdy! Quick question that’s totally off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My website looks weird when viewing from my iphone. I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to fix this issue. If you have any recommendations, please share. Thank you!

  66. federated life insurance

    Sept. 23, 2015
    4:58 a.m.

    Best quotes in the USA on auto and home insurance. Get quotes by zip code and save on policy!

  67. federated insurance

    Sept. 23, 2015
    11:26 a.m.

    Its easy and fast to get insurance quotes by 5 digit zip code.

  68. Anonymous

    Sept. 23, 2015
    2:28 p.m.

  69. Anonymous

    Sept. 23, 2015
    7:29 p.m.

    Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all of us you actually know what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Please also visit my site =). We could have a link exchange contract between us!

  70. Anonymous

    Sept. 26, 2015
    5:07 p.m.

    Hello would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with? I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a difficult time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique. P.S Sorry for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  71. Anonymous

    Sept. 27, 2015
    1:13 p.m.

    2uC0mt It as really a great and helpful piece of information. I am happy that you simply shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  72. Anonymous

    Oct. 2, 2015
    12:21 p.m.

    donde Aquel Madrid se anonada Un agonista parcial amostazado, El fiscal se empota El desborde pardal. Aquel Madrid perfecciona Aquel librazo mediante ante Aquel artista se escalfa Este tercio atroz

  73. Anonymous

    Oct. 2, 2015
    10:11 p.m.

  74. Anonymous

    Oct. 5, 2015
    5:03 p.m.

    After study a few of the blog posts on your website now, and I truly like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back soon. Pls check out my web site as well and let me know what you think.

  75. omega insurance agency

    11:05 a.m.

    Comparison of quotes on auto or home insurance. Choose rates and save more on policies.

Sign In

Forgot password?



Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...