Feinstein calls 'lock her up' chants a 'technique of division'

Feinstein calls 'lock her up' chants a 'technique of division'
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTop Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations Hillicon Valley: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency plan | Trump vows to 'take a look' at Google's ties to China | Google denies working with China's military | Tech execs on defensive at antitrust hearing | Bill would bar business with Huawei MORE (D-Calif.) said she was “surprised” that President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE singled her out during a rally in Iowa but called it part of his “technique of division.”

“It’s part of a technique of division rather than uniting people in this great country,” Feinstein said on Wednesday when asked about the “lock her up” chants at Trump's rally.

She added that she was “surprised” that Trump “singled me out for a personal letter I received. This wasn’t anything that was covert or classified.”

Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has come under fire from Republicans for her handling of the letter she received from Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in the early 1980s.

Republicans have criticized Feinstein on two fronts: first, for waiting weeks to hand the letter over to the FBI. Feinstein says she was trying to honor Ford’s request for privacy.

And second, for the Ford letter being leaked, something both Feinstein has said neither she nor her staff were responsible for.

But Trump ratcheted up the criticism on Tuesday, appearing to encourage his supporters after they began chanting “lock her up” about Feinstein.

"'Did you leak the documents?'" he added, portraying an exaggerated denial from Feinstein.

The crowd broke into chants of "lock her up," prompting laughter from Trump.

"I think they’re talking about Feinstein," Trump said.

But Republican senators have been reluctant to echo Trump’s tactics.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Election security to take back seat at Mueller hearing McConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch MORE (R-Ky.) sidestepped the issue during an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, which was streamed live on Facebook.

“The president is responsible for his statements. I’m responsible for mine. It’s not something that I would say,” said Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGOP wants commitment that Trump will sign budget deal Hillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections Senators introduce legislation to boost cyber defense training in high school MORE (R-Texas), McConnell’s No. 2.

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' MORE (R-Tenn.), asked about the chant, initially said “oh, gosh,” before adding that it wasn’t “his style.”