POLITICO Playbook: What Dianne Feinstein’s phone told us

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) speaks to reporters on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo


SPOTTED: SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, walking around the Capitol with her iPhone screen facing outward in full view, and Javad Zarif’s contact page on the screen. Zarif is the name of Iran’s foreign minister.

— TOM MENTZER, Feinstein’s comms director, in response to us asking whether the senator has been talking with Iran’s foreign minister: “I can’t comment on who the senator does or doesn’t speak with.”

— STATEMENT from Feinstein at 2:57 p.m. Wednesday: “War isn’t necessary to solve a problem when both sides want a solution. I urge Secretary Pompeo to reach out to Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who I know doesn’t want to see

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