Feinstein: Republicans’ Select Committee on Benghazi Is a ‘Lynch Mob’

By Susan Jones | May 19, 2014 | 5:28 AM EDT

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)  (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) defended her committee’s oversight of the CIA on Sunday, but at the same time, she called the House select committee on Benghazi a “lynch mob.”

“I think it’s ridiculous,” Feinstein told CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley. “I think it’s a hunting mission for a lynch mob, actually. I think that's what's going on.”

Feinstein says she believes all questions about the Benghazi attack and its aftermath have been answered “to the satisfaction of the Intelligence Committee,” which she chairs.

She also compared the attack on Americans in Benghazi with the Reagan-era attack on the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut:

“If you compare it to Ronald Reagan, who is the big Republican hero, and what happened in Beirut, with three attacks, with 240 servicemen, with seven CIA officers, with one chief of station being tortured to death, and Reagan admitted we weren't ready for it -- well, since then, a lot of … things have been done. There were faults. The intelligence was there. Action should have been taken.”

Later in the interview, Crowley asked Feinstein about her strained relationship with the CIA:

“[W]hat I have to do is oversight,” Feinstein said. “I'm not there to be the most popular person in any building. It's to see that my committee is diligent, that we do the work of oversight, that when they're wrong, we do something about it. When there is something going on that shouldn't be, we do something about it.”

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