President Donald Trump took to his favorite social media platform on Wednesday to criticize Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) for unilaterally releasing the transcript of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony to Congress, framing the move as unethical and potentially against the law.
“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 a tough Primary!” he wrote.
The transcript was released earlier this week after Simpson himself called for it to be published in a New York Times op-ed. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) had a similar reaction to the testimony going public.
“It may make a lot of people a little more reserved whether or not they want to cooperate, including in regard to Jared Kushner […] very high profile person as an example. But we’ll continue to move forward,” he said.
“These transcripts would have been released eventually anyway. Obviously I was a little disappointed because I had an understanding ahead of time that it’d be released when we both agreed to release it,” Grassley added.
Simpson’s testimony did not bring much new information to the table when it comes to whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the presidential election. Feinstein said that she decided to make it public anyway to introduce more transparency into a process that has consumed political discourse.
“The American people deserve the opportunity to see what he said and judge for themselves,” she said in a statement. “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.”