A transcript of Senate testimony by Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson says the Federal Bureau of Investigation had a source inside then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's election campaign. Dianne Feinstein did by releasing the transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee's full interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson was "a disgrace".
"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", Taylor Foy, Mr. Grassley's spokesman, said in a statement.
Trump added that the United States should instead accept more immigrants from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he had met the previous day.
Feinstein on Tuesday released transcript from the Senate Judiciary Committee's August interview with Glenn Simpson, of Fusion GPS.
In a statement, California's senior senator said she was releasing the transcript with the support of the committee's Democrats.
Simpson said Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the dossier, took it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in July 2016, and said his concern was "whether or not there was blackmail going on, whether a political candidate was being blackmailed or had been compromised". Feinstein for her courage.
"We all need to stop pretending that there are no consequences when the most powerful person in the world espouses racist views and gives a wink and a nod to the darkest elements in our society", she added.
In January 2017, Senator John McCain turned the dossier over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation despite the fact that it contained no evidence of collusion but merely unverified smears against President Trump.
Several Republican-led committees are now probing whether the document formed the basis for the FBI's initial investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race.
Whitehouse stressed that Simpson himself wanted the transcript made public, saying doing so would be refute the accusations against him.
The dossier is a compilation of memos written by Steele during the 2016 campaign that contained allegations of connections between Trump and Russian Federation, including that Trump had been compromised by the Kremlin.
Last fall, Feinstein, 84, announced her decision to seek a sixth Senate term this year. In the op-ed, they called for the transcripts of Simpson's congressional testimony to be released. She was only concerned that she hadn't notified Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, beforehand.
Also, according to Simpson, Steele was so horrified by what he was finding that he contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation instead of just reporting back to his Clintonian masters. "Republicans should finally take control!"
Feinstein said at the time, "I wasn't consulted about this referral, nor were any of my Democratic colleagues".
In fact, there are only two ways to read the Simpson interview: either it says nothing, or it has blown up months of carefully constructed conspiracy theorizing.