Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) continued her defense of the National Security Agency’s collection of millions of phone records, arguing Thursday that the leak of the agency’s order should be investigated.
Feinstein told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that the NSA’s actions should not have come as a surprise to members of Congress.
“We have debated this several times — more than a dozen times — in the intelligence committee,” Feinstein said. “It has been the subject of judiciary committee hearings. It has been the subject of extended floor debate and votes. There is nothing new in this program. The fact of the matter is, that this was a routine three-month approval under seal that was leaked.”
The California Democrat said that the leak is part of a larger problem and should be investigated.
“I mean, I think we have become a culture of leaks now,” Feinstein said.