By The Hill Staff - 07/12/09 09:31 AM EDT
Former Vice President Dick Cheney told the CIA not to brief Congress on a classified CIA program, Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinThis week: Shutdown deadline looms over Congress Week ahead: Election hacks, Yahoo breach in the spotlight Overnight Tech: Pressure builds ahead of TV box vote | Intel Dems warn about Russian election hacks | Spending bill doesn't include internet measure MORE said Sunday.
“I think you weaken your case when you go outside the law,” Feinstein said on "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace." If the appropriate committees had been informed, Congress could have made judgments about whether the program was working, she said.
“That was not the case because we were kept in the dark. That’s something that should never, ever happen again,” she said.
Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate poised to override Obama veto Senate to vote on 9/11 veto override Wednesday This week: Shutdown deadline looms over Congress MORE (R-Texas) also said Congress should have been told of the program, but he criticized Democrats for trying to “out” Cheney as responsible.
“Thus unfortunately sounds like a new theme where they still want to blame the Bush administration for the economy and other things,” Cornyn said.
CIA Director Leon Panetta informed the intelligence committees of the program on June 24, and said he was canceling the program, Feinstein said.