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Dianne Feinstein: Wiretap Claim 'Really Dangerous for President'

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017 06:48 PM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Wednesday she had seen no evidence of President Donald Trump's accusation he was hacked by former President Barack Obama — and "to keep this going with no proof, I think is really dangerous for President Trump."

"It's all rather shocking to me that a sitting president would make this kind of an allegation about a former president without any proof whatsoever," the California Democrat, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, told Jake Tapper on CNN.

"This is a sitting president of the United States who makes a charge against the former president — and it's a serious charge," she said. "I believe it's patently false.

"So, without any back-up, the present president is left out there making a material allegation that is false. I don't think that's a good thing to do."

Turning to Tuesday's dump of hacked CIA information by WikiLeaks, Feinstein called for a review of the hiring of contractors after WikiLeaks said a former contractor had provided the data it published.

Two other former contractors, including the NSA's Edward Snowden, were behind huge leaks of classified intelligence information.

"This is the third contractor that's done this kind of leaking, which really is just about espionage," she told Tapper. "We really need to take a look at the contractor portion of the employee workforce, because you have to be loyal to America to work for an intelligence agency.

"Otherwise, don't do it. Don't come aboard as a contractor.

"But to come aboard and then scrape the system or do a major dump of highly classified material is really very dangerous for this country to allow to happen," Feinstein said. "We've got to get to the bottom of it and stop it."

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Wednesday she had seen no evidence of President Donald Trump's accusation he was hacked by former President Barack Obama — and "to keep this going with no proof, I think is really dangerous for President Trump."
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