Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) took it upon herself to release the 312-page transcript of the interview of Glenn Simpson, a former journalist and co-founder of Fusion GPS, which commissioned the infamous and debunked Trump dossier that has led to untold millions being spent on a witchhunt in DC that has basically turned up nothing.
The release of the documents comes just 4 days after senators called for an investigation into Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier and ex-MI6 British spy.
Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) asking him to release the full transcript of the interview.
However, on Monday, it was reported that Grassley did not intend to release the transcript from the closed-door interview.
Needless to say, one might question why Feinstein believes she has authority to release the transcript in the middle of an ongoing investigation.
Zero Hedge reports:
Needless to say, Grassley was furious, stating that it is "totally confounding that Senator Feinstein would unilaterally release a transcript of a witness interview in the middle of an ongoing investigation" and that "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."
GRASSLEY Spox Taylor Foy Responds to @SenFeinstein releasing transcript: “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.” pic.twitter.com/Q8pX2bij5m
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) January 9, 2018
There are some snarkier takes on the Fusion GPS demand to have the transcript released: as Sean Davis of the Federalist notes, "At the demand of Fusion GPS, @SenFeinstein put Fusion GPS's testimony on her website. In the interest of transparency. While redacting the names of Fusion's partners. Amazing."
As Davis also adds, "It's almost like Fusion GPS was more interested in aligning future DOJ witness testimony with its own claims than it was with actual transparency."
As for Simpson, he has emerged as the central figure in the probes into Russian election interference after his firm helped assemble a controversial dossier tying President Trump to Russia. Former British spy Christopher Steele compiled the document, which includes unverified allegations against Trump and his links to Moscow.
Now, I ask if there are legal issues here? Since when was Senator Dianne Feinstein authorized to post this information publicly? On a personal level, I do think it adds to transparency, but knowing Feinstein, there is a playbook that is often incorporated and that is to release the information before other things come out and then they will declare that the information in this release doesn't matter because "it's old news" and "people already know about that."
Here's the transcript.
However, as Mr. Davis goes on to point out, the lack of transparency by Fusion GPS.
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