Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump blasts "Sneaky Dianne Feinstein", says release of testimony was "possibly illegal"

Trump blasts

Dianne Feinstein released the Senate testimony of Glenn Simpson - the owner of Fusion GPS, which produced the controversial "dossier" on Donald Trump - the president was furious.

Trump also added that the California senator "Must have tough primary!"

When pressed as to who that person might have been, Simpson's attorney claimed a security privilege and had his client refuse to answer the question.

The interview, with Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, took place last summer and was expected to shed light on the origins of the firm's work, its concerns about the Trump campaign's activities, and what the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have done with the information. "So, you know, if we can do that in the most appropriate way, I said it was okay for him to do that". Trump said that's what he thought Feinstein meant, and a round of clarifications ensued.

A spokesperson for Grassley said it's "totally confounding that Senator Feinstein would unilaterally release a transcript of a witness interview in the middle of an ongoing investigation" and that she did not consult Grassley on her decision to release the transcript.

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"It's been in the news a lot lately that people who get in the way of the Russians tend to get hurt", Simpson said.

The leak of the transcript by Feinstein comes as Fusion GPS embarks on a PR campaign, including publishing an op-ed in The New York Times, in which it tries to salvage the claims in its report and to deny its report was the foundation for the FBI's investigation. Feinstein told reporters that she didn't tell Grassley beforehand, and "I owe him an apology and I will give him an apology as soon as I see him". Following his lead, several GOP-led committees are now investigating whether the dossier formed the basis for the FBI's initial investigations. She said on CBS's "Face the Nation" on October 8 that there's "no proof" yet that there was any collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign, adding: "I think that proof will likely come with Mr. Mueller's investigation".

Whitehouse stressed that Simpson himself wanted the transcript made public, saying doing so would be refute the accusations against him.

"Look, this man is going to be president, most likely for the rest of this term", she said then.

Cuomo reminded Kennedy, who sits on the Judiciary Committee with Feinstein, that it was Republicans in Congress who had doubted the credibility of Steele. They've continued to insist in a manner more indefensible than ever that the Fusion GPS intelligence and everything associated with it, is somehow a joint Hillary Clinton and Federal Bureau of Investigation conspiracy. Richard Burr. Neither senator would comment on the meeting's objective.

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