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Leaked: Dianne Feinstein Wanted To Be ‘Surrogate’ For Hillary on Benghazi

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein was in contact with the Hillary Clinton campaign in its early days about Benghazi, according to another batch of campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails released by Wikileaks Thursday.

An email from July 30, 2015 with the subject line “Re: Talked to Diane Feinstein,” shows John Podesta writing:

She wants to be a surrogate on Benghazi. Senate Intel did a bipartisan report while she was chair finding no wrongdoing. She also talked to IC IG yesterday who repeated no criminal referral but said he was still concerned about classified info on the thumb drive and possibly the server. Diane later talked to HRC and reiterated offer to help.

Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, responds, “Great. Adrienne do you want to follow up with her people to discuss details/next steps?”

Clinton campaign political director and former aide to Feinstein Amanda Renteria then writes, “this is really great! happy to connect you w Jennifer.”

Jennifer may refer to Jennifer Duck, Feinstein’s chief of staff.

Feinstein was chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2014 when it released the report on the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi. She has a long record of defending Clinton publicly on Benghazi, and called efforts in the House to investigate the attacks “a hunting mission for a lynch mob” and “shameful.”

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