By BURGESS EVERETT | 6/9/14 8:26 PM EDT – Updated: 6/10/14 6:28 AM EDT
She stood beside President Barack Obama through the politically damaging revelations over NSA data-mining, but Dianne Feinstein can’t seem to stay on the White House’s call list.
The Senate Intelligence chairwoman (D-Calif.) said on Monday evening that since receiving a phone call from Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken a week ago, she has experienced no personal outreach from President Barack Obama or any other top White House officials.
Blinken called Feinstein June 2 to apologize for an “oversight” in not notifying her beforehand about the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in return for the release of five senior Taliban officials.
Though she has spoken to officials like White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, during last week’s Democratic caucus, and lower-level briefers sent to detail the prisoner exchange to senators, there seems to have been little effort by Obama or his top aides to personally soothe Feinstein’s frustrations with the Bergdahl deal.
She said she has no reason to believe anything will change this week. Asked in a brief interview if she anticipates any new outreach from the president, Feinstein replied: “I probably don’t expect it.”
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