Blitzer to Feinstein: 'I Assume You Would Feel Guilty' if Americans are Killed Because of CIA Report
When pressed on CIA Director John Brennan's response to the report -- he asserted in a statement that "the intelligence gained from the program was critical to our understanding of al Qaeda and continues to inform our counterterrorism efforts to this day" -- Feinstein said "an examination of the records going back to the beginning of the program indicates that this is simply not true."
"So he's lying, is that what you're saying?" Blitzer asked.
"Well, no, wait a second, Wolf. I'm not going to get into this kind of discussion," she replied. "...If Mr. Brennan is making an argument that this kind of torture works, we can submit all kinds of experts to say it doesn't work."
"The CIA spent $40 million to prevent us from issuing this report. That is fact. We did not spend the money. We used our staff to do this report. They went into our computers, illegally, to take out information -- not once, not twice, but three times, which I believe is a separation of powers violation," Feinstein added. "This, to me, shows that the CIA has pulled out the stops to prevent this from coming out."
"...I don't want to get into a battle with anybody over this. All I want people to do is read our report, please."