17 Jan 2014 01:20 PM EST
-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: Dianne Feinstein also defended Hillary Clinton on Benghazi earlier this week on CNN. (Image Source: CNN Screenshot)
With conservative lawmakers in Washington continuing to mount attacks on former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton for her role in the Benghazi controversy, California Senator Dianne Feinstein has come to the defense of the potential 2016 presidential candidate, expressing her belief that the State Department could not have prevented the infamous attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.
“I want the record to be clear: I condemn any effort to use this report for political purposes,” the Democrat, who also serves as the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in response to remarks made by Republican Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte blasting Clinton for not doing more to stop the strike, which left four Americans dead.
“Statements on the Senate floor this morning and some media reports about the Senate Intelligence Committee’s bipartisan report on the attack against our diplomatic mission and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, intimate that the report assigns culpability to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the tragedy,” Feinstein said. “The report approved on a bipartisan basis says no such thing. As a matter of fact, Secretary Clinton is not mentioned a single time in the 58-page bipartisan section of our Benghazi report.”
Benghazi is sure to be the main attack lobbied against Clinton should she decide to run for president when Barack Obama prepares to leave office. Since the attack two years ago, she has been the primary target of Republican ire on the issue.