President Donald Trump on Wednesday called out Sen.
Trump's statement follows lawsuits filed by his personal lawyer against BuzzFeed over the publication of the dossier and against Fusion GPS, the intelligence firm behind the infamous document.
Trump responded on Twitter to a decision by Feinstein to release the transcript of a Senate Judiciary Committee interview with Fusion GPS' Glenn Simpson. She said on CBS's "Face the Nation" on October 8 that there's "no proof" yet that there was any collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign, adding: "I think that proof will likely come with Mr. Mueller's investigation".
Additionally, Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) last week sent a letter to the Justice Department recommending that Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy Fusion GPS hired to write the dossier, be investigated for criminal charges.
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But Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, released the 312-page transcript, the latest sign of a deepening partisan divide over the investigations. "The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public", she said.
"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", Feinstein, a California Democrat, said in a statement. But Grassley said Wednesday that he has a long history of oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and this was part of it. "Her action undermines the integrity of the committee's oversight work and jeopardizes its ability to secure candid voluntary testimony", such as from Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and top adviser. As The Hill explains, a challenging primary is unlikely as California's primary system rewards the highest two finishers, no matter party affiliation, and Feinstein's only notable challenger at this level is a Democrat.
The criminal referral urged the DOJ to examine whether Steele made false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation "about the distribution of claims" contained in the dossier. The diplomat later reported the conversation to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.