WASHINGTON

- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should fully explain her actions involving the use of a private, nongovernment email account when she was the country's top diplomat, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said yesterday, becoming the first major Democrat to urge Clinton to share more details of the private account.

Feinstein said the former first lady and New York senator "needs to step up and come out and say exactly what the situation was," adding that "silence is going to hurt her."

Former President Bill Clinton avoided the controversy yesterday morning. Asked whether his wife was treated fairly, Bill Clinton replied: "I'm not the one to judge that," he said, in remarks reported on CNN.com. "I have an opinion, but I have a bias. I shouldn't be making news on this."