By The Associated Press – Updated May 19, 2018 09:10:23Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has defended his decision to not inform Congress about a controversial CIA review of the agency’s surveillance programs.
Clapper spoke Thursday at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual Soldier Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Clapings remarks came as he testified in a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that was also held in Washington, D.C.
Clapping said the CIA review did not make him a party to the legal challenge over the CIA spying activities.
Clappers comments came after he said he did not think the CIA had an obligation to inform lawmakers about its review.
He said he believed that the review was not binding on the agency.
He also said that he thought the agency had the authority to protect the privacy of Americans.
The Senate Intelligence committee was probing whether the CIA secretly collected intelligence on Americans and whether the agency misled Congress about it.
Claps testimony comes a week after a classified document was leaked to the Washington Post that revealed the CIA may have illegally spied on Americans.
Clippers testimony came on the same day that the Senate Intelligence panel also voted to investigate whether the NSA secretly spied in the United States.
Clips testimony came after the Senate intelligence committee voted to probe whether the U,S.
intelligence community illegally spayed and tracked millions of Americans without their knowledge.
Clippings testimony came in response to questions from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., about the CIA report on the spy programs.
The House Intelligence committee is also investigating the spy program, and Clapper has said it’s up to Congress to decide if the agency violated privacy rights.