Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) released the transcript of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson’s closed door testimony three days ago. Her act resulted in outrage by Senate Chairman Republican Chuck Grassley and many others.
Many have questioned whether what she did was legal.
At first she told a reporter that “I just decided to do it.”
As people objected, Feinstein next said, she was sorry for not giving Grassley a headsup about the release of the Fusion GPS transcript. “I meant to tell him, and I didn’t have a chance to tell him, and that concerns me. I just got pressured, and I didn’t do it.”
Well, that’s different. I guess.
When asked who pressured her, she said she wasn’t pressured. What gives?
That didn’t satisfy her critics, so she landed on this: “I don’t make an excuse but I’ve had a bad cold and maybe that slowed down my mental facilities a little bit.”
Many are calling that the Nyquil excuse. Maybe she should try the Twinkie excuse, which used to work in the past.
President Trump isn’t buying it. He tweeted: “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,” Trump tweeted. “Must have tough Primary!”
Later he expanded it: “There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes,” he tweeted. “Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing. Republicans should finally take control!”
Feinstein didn’t do her side any favors. The transcript makes Simpson look bad. However, it also disrupts Grassley’s examination. That was really the reasoning behind it.
Shame on Feinstein and shame on Republicans if they let that go.