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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 FeinsteinDurbin to Trump: ‘We’re the mob? Give me a break’ Sen. Walter Huddleston was a reminder that immigration used to be a bipartisan issue GOP plays hardball in race to confirm Trump's court picks MORE (D-Calif.) said she was “surprised” that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Gillum and DeSantis’s first debate GOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Gorbachev calls Trump's withdrawal from arms treaty 'a mistake' 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 McConnellEx-lawmaker urges Americans to publicly confront officials Manchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia Democrats slide in battle for Senate 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 CornynManchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia O'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke debate showdown MORE (R-Texas), McConnell’s No. 2.

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerLawmakers point fingers at Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi's death Corker calls for 'collective' response from Western countries if Saudi crown prince found responsible in Khashoggi's death The Memo: Trump in a corner on Saudi Arabia MORE (R-Tenn.), asked about the chant, initially said “oh, gosh,” before adding that it wasn’t “his style.”