Comment by Jim Campbell
U.S. Senator Feinstein is beginning to feel the strain of and election that is rapidly getting away from her. Why does she pick now to lash out at Mitt Romney about her petty remarks?
Her first legitimate challenge in four terms by Elizabeth Emken has her putting forward more needless legislation in the last six months than she has done during the first five and one half years of what is destined to become her final term in the United States Senate.
The times have changed greatly since the arrogant ceremonial senatorial seat occupier has entered the Senate. Elizabeth Emken is the Republican candidate to send her home.
(CNN) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, on Tuesday walked back recent comments accusing the White House of leaking national security information and blasted Mitt Romney for using her remarks in a speech on foreign policy.
“I am disappointed by the statements made by Mr. Romney today regarding a question I was asked yesterday at the World Affairs Council,” Feinstein said in a statement.
Feinstein added she did not believe the leaks came from the president but stated she “shouldn’t have speculated beyond.”
On Monday, Feinstein said during a question and answer session at a World Affairs Council forum that “the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from its ranks. I don’t know specifically where, but they have to begin to understand that, and do something about it.”
Feinstein, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has used tough language in the past regarding the leaks but has declined to join the Republican call for a special independent investigation.
Other recent possible leaks of classified information included details on the administration’s efforts to expand its drone program and Obama’s involvement in “kill lists” against militants in Yemen and Pakistan.
The public airing of details surrounding a recently disrupted bomb plot in Yemen by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula also angered intelligence and national security officials.
On Monday, Feinstein was clear she didn’t think Obama or his top aides were responsible for releasing the classified information. She did say, however, that Obama needed to set a tone in his administration that leaks would not be tolerated.
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“I don’t believe for a moment [Obama] goes out and talks about it,” Feinstein said of secret intelligence information. “I don’t believe the briefers go out and talk about it. But who knows who else. And I think that the importance of this has to be really set by the president himself, and hopefully he will do it.”
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