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Sen. Dianne Feinstein: I ‘laughed’ at Schweitzer’s comments

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer has "a rather large mouth and all sorts of things come out." (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Sunday that her initial response to former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer's unflattering comments about her in a recent magazine story was laughter.

"My first reaction is that I laughed," Feinstein said on CNN's "State of the Union."

In an interview with National Journal, Schweitzer said of Feinstein, "She was the woman who was standing under the streetlight with her dress pulled all the way up over her knees, and now she says, 'I'm a nun,' when it comes to this spying!"

Schweitzer, a Democrat, later apologized on Facebook. But Feinstein said he did not contact her directly.

"It says something, doesn't it?" she added.

The senator said Schweitzer has "a rather large mouth and all sorts of things come out. I think that's really too bad, but it's the way it is."

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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