Dianne Feinstein Wants Hillary Clinton To 'Step Up' And Address Email Controversy

03/08/2015 02:36 pm ET | Updated Mar 08, 2015

A top Senate Democrat who has urged Hillary Clinton to run for president said on Sunday that Clinton was hurting herself by not doing more to address the controversy over the private email account that she used as secretary of state.

"What I would like is for her to come forward and say just what the situation is. Because she is the preeminent political figure right now. She is the leading candidate, whether it be Republican or Democrat, for the next president, to be the next president," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) said on NBC's "Meet The Press." "I think that she needs to step up and come out and state exactly what the situation is ... I think, at this point, from this point on, the silence is going to hurt her."

Clinton has only directly addressed the controversy over her email use in a tweet last week, in which she said that she had asked the State Department to release all of her emails.

Hillary isn't the only Clinton staying quiet over the controversy. Asked on Sunday whether he thought his wife was being treated fairly, former President Bill Clinton declined to give his opinion and said, "I shouldn't be making news on this."

Feinstein's comments came as several lawmakers on Sunday weighed in on Clinton's e-mail use. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chair of the select committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks, claimed that there were emails missing from the messages that Clinton had disclosed to the panel. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said that Clinton was not being transparent, but probably didn't break the law.

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