Trump Calls Out Sen. Feinstein For Leaking Fusion GPS Transcript

Kristopher Drake
January 11, 2018

Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday released 10 hours of testimony from the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the research firm behind a notorious dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump's ties to officials in Russian Federation.

As she runs for her fifth full term, Feinstein is facing a challenge from the left as some liberals question whether the long-serving senator is too moderate for California.

Simpson's political intelligence firm commissioned a dossier into Trump's Russian Federation ties, and Republicans have used Simpson as a cudgel against the probe into the White House, saying that it helped spur the investigation and should be discredited.

Fusion GPS was originally hired to do research during the 2016 Republican primary campaign for a still unknown Republican donor who wanted to defeat Trump.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday was critical of "sneaky" Feinstein.

"It's totally confounding that Senator Feinstein would unilaterally release a transcript of a witness interview in the middle of an ongoing investigation - a witness that Feinstein herself subpoenaed a year ago for lack of cooperation", Grassley's press secretary said in a statement. "The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public".

"The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice", the California Democrat said in a statement. But she did so over the objections of panel Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, angering Republicans and the White House. But Grassley said Wednesday that he has a long history of oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and this was part of it. "Her action undermines the integrity of the committee's oversight work and jeopardizes its ability to secure candid voluntary testimony relating to the independent recollections of future witnesses".

The criminal referral urged the DOJ to examine whether Steele made false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation "about the distribution of claims" contained in the dossier.

The split between Feinstein and Grassley has widened in recent weeks. The diplomat later reported the conversation to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The House intelligence committee is also establishing whether the FBI investigation was then used by the Obama administration to obtain a court warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to spy on the Trump campaign and transition team.

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