Trump Attacks Feinstein For Releasing Fusion GPS Transcripts

By on January 11, 2018
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) found herself the latest target of the president’s ire, with Donald Trump lashing out at the longtime California senator for her bold move to release the transcripts of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last August.

Trump called her “sneaky” in a tweet and said called for stiff competition in this year’s California primary.

California has a “top-two” primary system, however, meaning that the two highest vote-getters in the primary face off against one another in the fall, even if they are members of the same party. Feinstein’s toughest competition is a fellow Democrat, and now that she’s proven to be such a valuable ally on the Judiciary Committee, it’s going to be an even tougher sell to convince California voters that she should be replaced.

Sen. Feinstein’s move to release the transcripts came after Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) backtracked on a prior promise to release the testimony to the public. Both Grassley and Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) recommended criminal action against the author of the dossier that eventually came from the firm’s investigations of then candidate Donald Trump.

The move was largely seen as an attempt to discredit Fusion GPS and the dossier itself, making the transcript of Simpson’s testimony all the more important to the ongoing narrative. Which is, of course, why Grassley and the rest of the GOP on the Judiciary Committee were so adamantly against releasing it.

It turns out the Simpson’s testimony undercuts a lot of the claims that the GOP have against the dossier — namely that it was the sole factor that motivated the FBI to open an counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with the Russian government. Now that Feinstein has let that cat out of the bag, it’s not at all surprising that the president would go after her on Twitter.