CIA Director John Brennan firmly denied allegations Tuesday that the organization spied on Senate computers and said that, if necessary, he will discuss with the president his role in any possible wrongdoing.
"If there were any inappropriate actions that were taken related to that review either by CIA or by the [Senate Intelligence Committee] staff, I will be the first one to say we need to get to the bottom of it," he told NBC's Andrea Mitchell during an appearance at the Council of Foreign Relations . "And if I did something wrong, I will go to the president and I will explain to him exactly what I did and what the findings were. And he is the one who can ask me to stay or to go."
Brennan said that claims of unlawful spying by the CIA -- leveled earlier Tuesday morning by Senate Intelligence Committee chair Diane Feinstein -- were incorrect.
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said of claims leveled by Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein. “We wouldn't do that. That’s just beyond the scope of reason.”
"I am confident that the authorities will review this appropriately," he added. "And I will deal with the facts as uncovered in the appropriate manner. I would just encourage members of the Senate to take their time, to make sure that they don't overstate what they claim and what they probably believe to be the truth."
First published March 11 2014, 8:58 AM
Carrie Dann is a national political writer for NBCNews.com. She has worked for NBC and NBCNews.com since 2006. Dann writes about politics and Congress. Dann rejoined the web team after 18 months as a campaign reporter for NBC News, covering presidential and vice presidential candidates during the 2012 election. She also covered the 2007-2008 presidential campaign for NBC, including extensive reporting on the Iowa caucuses.
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Prior to her work at NBCNews.com, Dann was a staff reporter at CongressDaily, where she covered lobbying and government reform.
A Virginia native, she now lives in Washington, D.C.