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Feinstein Unilaterally Posts Full Testimony Of Fusion GPS Founder, Grassley Furious

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Feinstein Unilaterally Posts Full Testimony Of Fusion GPS Founder, Grassley Furious



by Tyler Durden
Tue, 01/09/2018

Just four days after two GOP Senators asked the DOJ to launch a criminal probe of Christopher Steele, the ex-MI6 British spy who was the author of the Trump dossier, and which according to many served as the basis for the Russian collusion probe, on Tuesday afternoon Senator Dianne Feinstein circumvented her Republican colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday and unilaterally released the full 312-page transcript of the committee's closed-door interview with Glenn Simpson, a former journalist and co-founder of Fusion GPS, which commissioned the controversial Donald Trump's dossier about alleged connections with Russians.

The unexpected release, which came after a tense back-and-forth between Republicans and Democrats over what to do with the transcript of Simpson’s interview, follows Fusion GPS' demand last week that the full transcript be released, sparking a fight with Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) over who was standing in the way of the document being released. The Senate Judiciary Committee interviewed Simpson on August 22, 2017 as part of its investigation into Russia's election interference.

That confrontation heated up last week after Simpson and his Fusion GPS co-founder Peter Fritsch penned an op-ed in The New York Times calling on the three congressional committees who have interviewed Fusion GPS employees to release transcripts of the interviews. Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, balked at the idea, saying that the transcript needed to remain confidential while the panel is interviewing other witnesses.

Curiously, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has also interviewed members of Fusion GPS, also appeared to back Grassley’s rationale last week. He said that he would like Fusion partners to appear for public testimony.

In a statement, Feinstein said that she released Simpson’s testimony after conferring with her fellow committee Democrats.

“The American people deserve the opportunity to see what he said and judge for themselves. The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice. The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public.”

Needless to say, Grassley was furious after Feinstein's publication, 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."

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so, the release isn't a crime otherwise she wouldn't have done it, but as far as any oath or honor goes?
Can't be an oath, so it must be honor

This bitch has none, she's given us nothing, she's a leaker, she's proven she can't be trusted
To violate a committee?

She's a rat
 

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Dems throwing caution to the wind trying to distract from the Obama and Clinton crime spree, so far its working with Sessions help
 

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Sounds like a desperate play. Now the real question is, will any other witness collaborate what Simpson said. Perhaps this will come back and bite her by having his testimony proven false.
 

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so, the release isn't a crime otherwise she wouldn't have done it, but as far as any oath or honor goes?
Can't be an oath, so it must be honor

This bitch has none, she's given us nothing, she's a leaker, she's proven she can't be trusted
To violate a committee?

She's a rat
What's the point of having closed door sessions if some politician can simply release the transcripts? I have no idea what's logical in government any more. More like a 3 ringed circus or a soap opera than professionals doing their job!
 

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It's a distraction, a feint. The end is near for the "Russian election hackers" ruse and the wicked witch of the west doesn't want her tits caught in the wringer because this is going to bring much pain and many consequences to the moron asshats who cooked up this crap. Bob Mueller is gone. Done. Barely even a foot note in an ugly political history. Feinstein stands a good chance of joining him. DW Shultz is just the edge of the rapidly melting democratic party iceberg. Feinstein is at the peak with Pelosi right below her. Killary is at the core and already underwater. The whole thing is drifting aimlessly south in warmer waters in the current of history.

In "swamp" terms, the swamp is not only slowly draining but seems to be caught in a drought and is suffering a heatwave right now. This is evaporating the swamp as it continues it's slow drain. The long range forecast shows he drought continuing into the next season with no relief in sight.
 

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Hummm? Contempt of Congress?

edited to add: Or is this contempt of court? If this does go to trial as in a court is convened then the Feinstein could get a show cause summons as to why she should not be held in contempt for prejusting the jury pool.

second edit to add: That would pull the plug on her boat.
 
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Damn, how fucked up is this? How do we not simply take these people out and shoot them? A 10 year old wouldn't believe this shit!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...-cold-for-handling-fusion-gps-transcript.html

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein seemed to blame a “bad cold” for the controversial way she handled the release of an interview transcript for the co-founder of the firm behind the anti-Trump dossier.

The California senator and top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee drew the ire of committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, earlier this week for publishing the transcript without consulting him.

She told an NBC News reporter that she regrets not speaking to Grassley beforehand, citing her cold as a possible factor.


"The one regret I have is that I should have spoke with Senator Grassley before. And I don't make an excuse but I've had a bad cold and maybe that slowed down my mental facilities a little bit,” she said, according to a tweet from a fellow NBC producer.
 

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Seems to me you would do something like this so that all the "witnessess" could be on the same sheet of music.
Best conclusion so far... make sure everyone knows the narrative they want to put forth...
 

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