Trump jumped on Twitter a few minutes ago and called out ‘sneaky’ Dianne Feinstein for the underhanded way in which she released the Fusion GPS testimony:
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. Must have tough Primary!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2018
Trump is calling for a tough primary against her, but as Jamie Dupree points out, Trump calling her out and giving her a nickname will likely only help her win:
What could be better for Feinstein than being called out by President Trump and given a "Sneaky" nickname? https://t.co/gJxvFObJd9— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) January 10, 2018
While we’re on the subjetct, yesterday Charles Grassley criticized Feinstein for releasing the testimony:
“It’s totally confounding that Senator Feinstein would unilaterally release a transcript of a witness interview in the middle of an ongoing investigation — a witness that Feinstein herself subpoenaed last year for lack of cooperation”
But one Republican broke with Grassley and said he was glad the transcript was released:
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) broke with colleague Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Tuesday in saying he was “glad” that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the Senate testimony of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson.
“I think that’s a good idea,” Cornyn said. “I’m glad that it was done.”
“I respect Chairman Grassley, and I don’t really understand how this happened, but I do think more transparency is important,” Cornyn said.
As I suggested yesterday, I still haven’t seen any blockbuster revelations coming from this Fusion GPS testimony that was released yesterday. Frankly, I’m not even sure why she released it as some are saying it hurts the credibility of Glenn Simpson:
The information in the Fusion GPS transcript is so devastating to the credibility of Glenn Simpson and Fusion that I'm legitimately baffled as to why they thought it was a good idea to release it.— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 10, 2018
It's riddled with false statements, refusals to answer basic questions, nonsensical claims of privilege, and even admissions that Fusion GPS never attempted to verify wild conspiracy allegations if they felt right.— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 10, 2018
One example: after anonymously pushing for weeks an absurd theory that a secret Trump informant, not the dossier, spurred the investigation, Simpson was forced today to disclose that actually never happened. That his testimony was false.— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 10, 2018