Dianne Feinstein, one of the Senate's top-ranking and most powerful Democrats, sent a blunt televised message Hillary Clinton's way, telling the former secretary of state on national airwaves that she better step up to the plate and deal with her email scandal.
"[She] needs to step up and come out and say exactly what the situation was," said Feinstein, the leading Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, during a "Meet the Press" interview on NBC. "[From] this point on, the silence is going to hurt her."
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This is the highest Democrat voice yet to recommend Clinton come forward and explain to the public just why she not only went four years without using her official government account for email – a potential violation of federal law – but also created and maintained a private server in her New York home.
Some of those emails have been subpoenaed by a House committee that's investigating her role in the U.S. response to the terror attacks on the U.S. consulate building in Benghazi in 2012 that left four Americans dead.
Clinton sent out a Twitter message just days ago letting followers know she asked her former State Department employer to make public as soon as possible her 55,000 pages of emails from her home server. But critics still say those 55,000 pages aren't reflective of her complete email correspondences over her four year government tenure. Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the Benghazi committee and a former prosecutor from South Carolina, for instance, told "Face The Nation" on CBS that the 55,000 pages are not complete records.
"There are gaps of months and months and months," he said, Fox News reported. "It's not up to Secretary Clinton to decide what's a public record and what's not. We're not entitled to everything. I don't want everything. I just want everything related to Libya and Benghazi."