by Cristiano Lima · January 10, 2018
President Donald Trump on Wednesday also dismissed the notion he or his campaign colluded with Russian officials, calling it “the single greatest Witch Hunt in American history” via Twitter. | Olivier Douliery/Pool/Getty Images
President Donald Trump slammed Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Wednesday for releasing congressional testimony on a controversial dossier alleging secret ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
“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,” the president tweeted. “Must have tough Primary!”
Trump on Twitter Wednesday also dismissed the notion he or his campaign colluded with Russian officials, calling it “the single greatest Witch Hunt in American history.”
“There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes,” Trump said. “Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing. Republicans should finally take control!”
Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the 312-page transcript of remarks given by Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, whose firm commissioned the dossier, to congressional investigators.
The surprise move angered Republicans on the panel, who had agreed not to released the remarks, but she defended her decision Wednesday as necessary for transparency.
“I think, very often, things that happen that no one ever sees can be used for all kinds of mysterious and bad purposes,” Feinstein told reporters.
She also dismissed the notion that she was already facing a tough primary battle ahead of her re-election next year, when Feinstein, the oldest currently serving senator, will be 85.
“I could, I suppose,” be facing a difficult primary, Feinstein said. “I don’t know, not yet.”
And she scoffed at Trump’s portrayal of her move as politically motivated: “Oh, come on. Come on. … Do you believe that? Of course not.”
The transcript revealed Simpson had told lawmakers last summer the FBI had found the dossier to be credible due to an undisclosed “human source” in Trump’s orbit that had corroborating information on its the explosive claims.
Fusion GPS co-founders Simpson and Peter Fritsch called for the Senate panel to released the full transcript of the testimony, chiding Republicans for selectively unveiling portions of it.
A spokesman for the firm said Tuesday they commended Feinstein “for her courage” in releasing the document.
Feinstein is facing a credible Democratic challenger this year: outgoing state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León. But California does not have traditional partisan primaries. Instead, all the candidates will run together on June 5, and the top two finishers will advance to the November general election, regardless of party.
Republicans have yet to land a high-profile recruit for the race, and it’s possible Feinstein and de León could face each other again in the general election.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi jokingly congratulated Feinstein for being given a moniker by Trump.
“Congratulations to California’s own @SenFeinstein on officially earning her own @realDonaldTrump nickname. Clearly doing something right!” Pelosi wrote.
Trump has dubbed various current and former government officials with jeering nicknames, including “Crooked” Hillary Clinton, “Cryin’” Chuck Schumer, “Liddle” Bob Corker and “Sloppy” Steve Bannon.
Elana Schor and Steven Shepard contributed to this report.
Politico · by Cristiano Lima · January 10, 2018