Feinstein lauds US 'investigation' into maker of anti-Islam video

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Feinstein's office said her comments were in response to an Associated Press report that quoted a U.S. law enforcement official as identifying the maker of the “Innocence of Muslims” film as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a California-based Coptic Christian on probation for financial crimes. It's not clear if the federal government is looking into Nakoula's background as part of a Department of Justice probe into the American deaths.

“I can assure you — as the President has assured the world — that we are committed to working with the Libyan government to seek justice for the victims of this outrageous and unjustified attack,” Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday at an event in Qatar. “To that end, the FBI has opened an investigation into their deaths and the attack on the U.S. Consulate.”

Feinstein went on to rip the video, which claims to be a trailer for a longer movie and includes disparaging comments about Muslims and the Prophet Muhammad in its dubbed soundtrack.

“I think it's such a farce,” she told CNN. “It's so stupid. And the man who produced it certainly made no contribution to art or literature.”

She went on to say that the protection of the embassy in Cairo as protests continue is “in a sense" a test for Egyptian authorities.

On Wednesday Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Joint Chiefs chairman, called Florida pastor Terry Jones to ask him to stop promoting the video. Jones has sparked outrage in the Middle East for his highly publicized anti-Islam stunts, such as calling for the burning of Korans.