Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., defended fired FBI Director James Comey, slamming President Donald Trump's alleged disparaging remark Comey is a "nut job" as "a horrible thing for a president to say."
"Former director Comey is in no way shape or form a nut job," Feinstein told host John Dickerson on CBS's "Face The Nation." "He's a very strong man and very principled man."
She also hailed investigations that aim to find "the reason for the termination."
"I suspect he's made a couple mistakes, and I believe he feels he made a couple mistakes," she said of Comey. "The fact is, he's been terminated, but the reason for the termination has not been ferreted out, and that's what has to be before the American people – clear and distinct."
Feinstein also said she wants the president to rein in his social media comments – for the sake of Congress.
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"There's one thing about this president – and I'd really like to say it, meaning well – and that is: Stop the tweeting," she said.
"Think about what you say, Because you're reflecting in a big pool. The Senate and the House have to feel a sense of stability from day to day. We can't feel the anxiety that goes with not knowing what may happen next, what may be said next. And, we need to depend on our president for truth. That is really important."
Feinstein also said she has questions ready for Comey during his upcoming public appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, on which she is its ranking member.
"How many times did he [Comey] meet with the president or talk with the president on the phone?" she asked. "What was he asked by the president? Was he asked to in any way alter the investigation? What was he asked about . . . Gen. [Michael] Flynn? Questions like that."
She said Comey's testimony is better than congressional efforts to determine what transpired.
"I really think that rather than have all these memorandums and issues circulating around, that we need to put the facts before the American people," she said. "Did the president fire Comey because of his [Russia] investigation, and he was worried about what the investigation might conclude? That, if so, that borders on a very serious charge."
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