A Senate staffer dropped a damning note in the Senate Thursday that has Washington, D.C., buzzing about who wrote it, and who that staffer works for.
"So she's just going to make a short statement about what BS this hearing is," the note reads. It was found by Matt Laslo, a Capitol Hill reporter.
Wish I knew which senator the aide who dropped this works for. Any guesses? pic.twitter.com/u1PKuZbKdP— Matt Laslo (@MattLaslo) January 29, 2015
There's a good chance it came from the staff of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). Our thinking:
1) Feinstein is on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and the letterhead of the note says "Committee on Appropriations." Feinstein is also a "she."
2) Feinstein on Thursday appeared at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing — she's also a member of that committee.
3) Judiciary held a somewhat odd hearing Thursday that technically was a continuation of Wednesday's nomination hearing for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch. Today's hearing didn't feature Lynch, but instead was comprised of several witnesses, many of whom talked about how bad Attorney General Eric Holder was at his job.
4) It's only natural that Democrats would see this as a fluffy, meaningless hearing.
5) Feinstein did speak at the hearing, and while she didn't say the hearing was "BS," she did criticize the hearing as a chance to try to take away from Lynch's qualifications.
For example, she said the purpose of the hearing should be to talk about the nominee, and warned, "I really don't want to see that diminished." Feinstein, who stressed that her remarks would be brief (consistent with the mystery note), also noted that when asked which of today's witnesses oppose Lynch, none raised their hand.
"We should see this woman confirmed as quick as possible," she concluded.
Feinstein's office did not reply immediately for a comment.