Trump attacks Feinstein over release of testimony on Russian Federation probe
Jan 13 2018 by Joanne Wise
On Tuesday afternoon, Feinstein released almost 400 pages of testimony transcripts from Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, who previously testified in private before members of Congress. Fusion GPS is the private research firm that assembled the now famous dossier on Trump.
The release of the transcripts earlier this week apparently upset Trump, who suggested on Wednesday morning that Feinstein had possibly committed a crime. "Must have tough Primary!"
The full 312-page transcript of that interview was released by the senior Democrat on the committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, yesterday, in defiance of Republican committee members and amid a "fierce debate about transparency surrounding the whole Russia-collusion investigation", The Guardian says.
Grassley's press secretary Taylor Foy released a statement criticizing Feinstein for going back on her word and not consulting with the chairman before releasing the transcript.
Trump and others believe the controversial dossier triggered the FBI's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.
And speaking of Russian collusion, Trump also tweeted his anger "the single greatest witch hunt in American history" and demanded that Republicans "take control" of the Russia investigations.
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"There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes", he tweeted.
However, shortly after the transcript was released, "a source close to Fusion GPS" told NBC News that Simpson was referring to an Australian diplomat, who had ed the US government after a night of "heavy drinking" with former low-level Trump foreign policy campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.
The material was not classified, and Ms Feinstein said that she did not do anything illegal.
Fusion GPS's dossier claims that Cohen met with Russian agents in Europe to "clean up the mess" surrounding other Trump associates' ties to Russia.
"People will be more reserved about cooperating", and voluntarily coming forward to interview, Grassley said. Feinstein said last week she wasn't consulted on the referral and called it an attempt to deflect attention. That's the research firm behind the infamous Trump dossier. Steele's reports were eventually compiled into a dossier alleging the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin - a claim the president has repeatedly denied.
"I think that's a good idea, " said Sen.
Feinstein has never ruled out the possibility of finding collusion between the campaign and Russians, although she said last month that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing a separate federal probe, seems to be focusing on building "a case of obstruction of justice" against Trump for his firing of FBI Director James Comey. Once Steele tapped into his Russian sources and learned what the Russians had on Trump, Steele set out as a free agent to save the republic by sharing his "information" with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.