DOJ Opts Against Launching Criminal Probe in CIA-Senate Spat

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_5adcafd27f.jpgBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Justice declined to launch a criminal probe after both the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA accused each other of improperly accessing the other's computers. "The Department carefully reviewed the matters referred to us and did not find sufficient evidence to warrant a criminal investigation, DOJ Spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement Thursday.

In March, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California accused the CIA of hacking into computers used by Intelligence Committee staffers. CIA Director John Brennan denied those accusations. The CIA had previously claimed that Senate staffers had obtained access to classified documents, without authorization, to the CIA's post-9/11 interrogation program.

The DOJ notified both parties of its decision on Thursday.

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