President Barack Obama voiced full support for CIA Director John Brennan, who apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders after an investigation found his agency inappropriately searched congressional computers.

“I have full confidence in John Brennan,” Obama said at an impromptu news conference at the White House today to discuss the economy, the conflict in the Middle East and border security.

The president also sought to put in context the anti-terrorist activities of the government underlying the current conflict between the CIA and Senate, which began with an intelligence committee probe of U.S. interrogation tactics following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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