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Via Politico:

Senate Democrats ripped former CIA Director Michael Hayden on Monday for describing Sen. Dianne Feinstein as “emotional,” calling Hayden’s remarks both a “baseless smear” and condescending.

Hayden on Sunday said that the Senate Intelligence Chairwoman’s may have been motivated by a “deep, emotional feeling” in her move last week to declassify a five-year investigation into the Central Intelligence Agency’s detention and interrogation policies. He concluded the report may not be objective, though the report’s findings have not yet been been made public and Hayden said he hadn’t read it.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Hayden’s comments are emblematic of “Republicans’ disregard for women as displayed here in Washington.” Hayden led the CIA from 2006 until 2009 and the Intelligence Committee’s report is expected to be sharply critical of the interrogation techniques overseen during his service. Democrats have repeatedly referred to them as “torture.”

“General Hayden condescendingly accused Sen. Dianne Feinstein of being too emotional. How about that?” Reid said. “This woman has been outstanding leader of that Intelligence Committee. She has been fearless, she has been thorough and fair. And for this man to say that because she criticized tactics led by General Hayden — that it was torture — she’s being too emotional? I don’t think so. Does this sound like a person or a party that respects women?”

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