House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson tells Fox News EXCLUSIVELY that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's absence at a hearing on the Christmas Day bomb plot held on the 27th of January was "a misunderstanding" and that there are no hard feelings.

Following a meeting with Napolitano and Democrats on the Homeland Security Committee, Thompson said the Secretary clarified what was a lingering issue "I think everyone left with their questions answered."

Chairman Thompson says the meeting with Napolitano was scheduled 3 weeks ago, well before the Christmas Day attack hearing and not related to her absence.