Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Tuesday published more than 300 pages of the transcript from the Senate Judiciary Committee’s interview with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, who commissioned the Trump-Russia dossier. Feinstein’s unilateral decision to release the documents drew the ire of her colleagues and President Trump.
Much of the dossier, compiled by a British intelligence officer and funded in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign, has not been corroborated. The opposition research about then-candidate Trump and his connections with Russia fell into the hands of the FBI in the summer of 2016. Some Trump supporters blame the dossier for inciting the Russia presidential election interference probe.
Feinstein is the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee but did not give chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, a heads-up before releasing the transcript.
An angry Grassley said he was “confounded” by the decision and feared Feinstein’s action would discourage future witnesses in the Russia investigation from sharing information with the panel.
But by Wednesday Grassley had simmered down, saying Feinstein does not owe him an apology because he makes mistakes all the time.
Trump wasn’t as forgiving.
“The fact that Sneaky Dianne Feinstein, who has on numerous occasions stated that collusion between Trump/Russia has not been found, would release testimony in such an underhanded and possibly illegal way, totally without authorization, is a disgrace,” the president tweeted Wednesday.
Feinstein did not do anything illegal, but she said Wednesday she should have worked more closely with Grassley.
As for her new nickname, Feinstein remains unfazed. “He tends to call people names very quickly, so I’m not alone,” she told reporters. —E.W.