Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) — asked on Sunday about the validity of the House Select Committee on the Benghazi terror attacks, overwhelmingly supported by Republicans — sounded off with a forcefully stated adjective: “Ridiculous.”

“I think it’s a hunting mission for a lynch mob actually,” she told CNN’s Candy Crowley on State of the Union.

Image source: CNN via YouTube

Image source: CNN via YouTube

The 12-member select committee to explore unanswered questions about the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, was established by House Speaker John Boehner after new documents surfaced showing the White House had helped prepare talking points for then-United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, who said on Sunday news shows the attack was a spontaneous reaction to an Internet video.

After her pronouncements, Feinstein proceeded to rattle off a list of probes and hearings and reviews and pages of investigations that she insisted have long-since put the whole matter to rest. Then the senator cut away from her present-day defense and took a speedy trip back to the early 1980s, bringing up then-President Ronald Reagan — who Feinstein called the “big Republican hero” — and his handling of terrorist attacks against the U.S. military in Beirut.

When Crowley asked if all the deeper Benghazi questions — particularly if the talking points were a deliberate attempt to deceive the American people — have been answered, Feinstein insisted they have been.

“Our report was bi-partisan,” she said. “They were certainly answered to the satisfaction of the intelligence committee.”

A recent Fox News poll shows most Americans believe the White House lied about the attacks in order to help preserve Barack Obama’s chances for reelection in 2012.

(H/T: The Gateway Pundit)