As CIA chief John Brennan faces calls for resignation from critics in Washington, President Barack Obama has continued to give him his steadfast support.According to The Hill, Obama\u0026#039;s strategic friendship with Brennan, which began during Obama\u0026#039;s first presidential campaign, is likely to withstand the backlash against the CIA director that arose in response to revelations that the agency spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee.\u0022I think the president trusts him 100 percent and that’s the key here,\u0022 an anonymous government official told The Hill. \u0022He thinks he’s indispensable, and he’s probably right. There are few people who know more than Brennan about the intelligence landscape.\u0022Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Tuesday criticized the White House for giving the CIA access to an upcoming Senate report on the agency\u0026#039;s illegal detention and torture program, allowing agents to redact critical information and evidence before it is released to the public.\u0022After further review of the redacted version of the executive summary, I have concluded that certain redactions eliminate or obscure key facts that support the report’s findings and conclusions,\u0022 Feinstein said. \u0022Until these redactions are addressed to the committee’s satisfaction, the report will not be made public.\u0022Obama said during a press conference on Friday that he has \u0022full confidence\u0022 in Brennan, who was in charge of the CIA when the agency spied on senators who were investigating the government\u0026#039;s upcoming torture report.According to The Hill:The scuffle has only lowered Brennan’s esteem on Capitol Hill, where it was never particularly high to begin with.A former senior administration official predicted Brennan wouldn’t be fired because Obama’s respect and trust for him would win out: “Brennan really put himself out there with this. He put himself on a limb, and his team cut it off behind him.”“It doesn’t help this White House,” another former administration official stated. “And they must not be thrilled with him making that assessment and it being wrong. He did not help his cause with the Hill.”Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee accused the CIA of hacking into senators\u0026#039; computers as the committee compiled damning evidence of the agency\u0026#039;s illegal detention and torture program. Brennan initially denied the accusations, stating in March that \u0022nothing could be further from the truth. I mean, we wouldn\u0026#039;t do that... that\u0026#039;s just beyond the scope of reason in terms of what we would do.\u0022 But a few months later, an internal investigation determined that the agency had indeed broken into the computer network used by the committee\u0026#039;s members. Agents had read through Senate investigators\u0026#039; emails and sent false criminal referrals to the Justice Department, a move that Feinstein said \u0022undermined the constitutional framework essential to effective congressional oversight of intelligence activities or any other government function.\u0022Brennan apologized privately to the committee and the CIA released a statement saying its employees \u0022acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached\u0022 between the agency and senators in 2009, when the investigation began. But critics in Congress, including several senators on the panel, were enraged by the revelations and said that Brennan\u0026#039;s apology is not sufficient enough to restore their faith in his ability to lead the agency.Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) both called for Brennan\u0026#039;s resignation. Udall said the CIA\u0026#039;s actions were \u0022unprecedented\u0022 noting Brennan\u0026#039;s \u0022abject failure to acknowledge any wrongdoing by the agency,\u0022 while Heinrich said, \u0022I think it would be better for the agency if Director Brennan stepped aside.\u0022 Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called the spying operation \u0022unconstitutional.\u0022 McCain said the agency\u0026#039;s actions were \u0022worse than criminal.\u0022However, despite the overwhelmingly negative response to Brennan\u0026#039;s lies and subsequent apologies, the White House disagrees that the CIA chief deserves to be fired, noting that he had called for the investigative report himself and promised that he was assembling \u0022a task force to make sure that lessons are learned and mistakes are resolved.\u0022White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters in July that Obama would continue to support Brennan despite the revelations of the agency\u0026#039;s illegal spying operation against the Senate Intelligence Committee. Earnest used a common talking point to explain the CIA\u0026#039;s actions, stating that Brennan has been occupied with safeguarding the country against threats of terrorism.\u0022He currently is operating in a very difficult environment to ensure the safety of the American public,\u0022 Earnest said. \u0022He is somebody who has a very difficult job, who does that job extraordinarily well.\u0022Brennan, a 25-year veteran of the intelligence community, was Obama\u0026#039;s first choice to head the CIA in 2008, but he withdrew his name from consideration after human rights groups said he had not done enough to end or even question the practice of waterboarding as an interrogation method. In 2007, he told CBS news that the torture program was \u0022counterproductive\u0022 and that \u0022these techniques would not be used again by the CIA if I were the director.\u0022 Brennan became CIA director in 2013.