Senator Dianne Feinstein recently had a controversial meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minster.
According to a tweet from Jack Sherman from Politico, a State Department official told them they did NOT ask Feinstein to go to this meeting, despite her claims it was approved.
The Hill reported that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) had dinner with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif amid escalating U.S.-Iranian tensions, Politico’s Playbook reported early Thursday.
The California lawmaker’s office told the news outlet the dinner was “arranged in consultation with the State Department.”
“The office was in touch with State in advance of the meeting to let them know it was happening and to get an update on U.S.-Iran activity,” Feinstein’s office added.
Feinstein’s office did not immediately respond to a request for more information about the meeting from The Hill, which also contacted the White House for comment.
The reported dinner comes amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran
Flash forward to Thursday, when the State Department confirmed that they did not ok or arrange the meeting between Feinstein and the Iranian Prime Minster, after Feinstein claimed they had, according to Politico reporter Jake Sherman.
In PLAYBOOK this morning:
As the U.S. builds up a military presence around Iran, SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN had a private dinner with @JZarif, Iran’s foreign minister, when he was in the United States a few weeks ago. pic.twitter.com/qLWNYjnl9H
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) May 23, 2019
Politico revealed late Thursday, May 23, that the Democratic senator’s team said she had dinner with Zarif when he was in the country “a few weeks ago.”
Feinstein’s team said that the dinner had been “arranged in consultation with the State Department.”
“The office was in touch with State in advance of the meeting to let them know it was happening and to get an update on U.S.-Iran activity,” her office said.
Last week, Politico’s Playbook had reported that Feinstein was spotted walking around the Capitol with Zarif’s contact information pulled up on her phone. According to Playbook, they’d noticed it in an elevator.
“It’s a bit unusual that Feinstein, the former chair and vice chair of the Intelligence Committee and a member of the Senate minority, is dining with the foreign minister of an adversary,” Politico commented.
“We have reached out to the White House to see if they had anything to say about this, and they did not respond to two emails seeking comment.”
Feinstein is currently a Democratic member of the Senate, and has served as the former chair and vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.