Ambassador Feinstein was nominated by President Obama on July 20, 2009 and was confirmed by unanimous consent by the U.S. Senate on September 22, 2009. As it came just two days before President Obama’s controversial announcement on removing the American missile shield from Poland, his confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on September 15, 2009 did not include any pointed questions from either Republicans or Democrats. He was sworn in on September 28, 2009. The video of his testimony can also be accessed here. The text of his Senate testimony can be accessed here.
Had he been scheduled to appear before the committee after September 17, he would have presumably faced tough questions, at least from Republican senators. As it was, his confirmation hearing was merely a formality. Ambassador Fenistein’s statement comes toward the middle of the video.