More than four months ago, Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS testified privately before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his company’s role in bringing the Trump-Russia dossier to life. Republican Chairman Chuck Grassley promised to release the transcripts to the public, but went on a stalling campaign. Grassley went full traitor this month when he pushed for phony criminal charges against the dossier’s author. This has led his Democratic counterpart Dianne Feinstein to simply blow the whole thing wide open today.
In a stunning move, Senator Feinstein has released all three hundred-plus pages of Simpson’s testimony transcripts, with Simpson’s blessing, to the public today. Even as recently as last night, no one on the outside was quite sure how or if the Democrats could get these transcripts to the public, as the Republican majority on the committee was blocking approval for such a move. But it turns out Feinstein is past the point of caring about the rules.
The breaking point appears to have been when Grassley and another Republican member of the committee, Lindsey Graham, demanded last week that criminal charges be brought against former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, who authored the dossier. It was a final, criminal, and objectively evil attempt at subverting democracy for the sake of trying to protect Donald Trump and destroy those who have dared to investigate him. This led the Democrats on the committee to begin calling for the transcripts of Simpson’s related testimony to be publicly released.
Dianne Feinstein, with the apparent backing of the entire Democratic minority on the committee, released a statement today saying “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.” You can read the full Trump-Russia transcripts on Feinstein’s Senate page.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report