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Furor over secret CIA program

Some lawmakers responded with a storm of protest. On Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) of California said the failure to notify Congress was “a big problem, because the law is very clear.”

The action “could be illegal,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D) of Illinois, the party’s second-ranking senator, on Sunday.

On Monday, it seemed the House Intelligence Committee might launch an investigation. Panel chairman Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D) of Texas sent a letter to ranking minority member, Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R) of Michigan, asking whether the GOP committee members deemed such a probe necessary.

So far, White House officials have been circumspect in their comments. Spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday that the president “believes that Congress should always be briefed fully and in a timely manner in accordance with the law.”

The CIA chief is currently looking into how this situation came about, he added.

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