Feinstein Admits She Was Mentally Unstable When Releasing Fusion GPS Transcript
January 11, 2018
Amid all the 25th Amendment malarkey being thrown at the president, it is ironic that Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein admitted a “bad cold” may have impaired her mental faculties and caused her to release Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony.
This is the second excuse from Feinstein for her actions that so enraged Sen. Grassley. Earlier, as we detailed here, she admitted (then retracted) being “pressured” to release the transcripts.
And now, as The Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson notes, Feinstein, 84, expressed regret on Wednesday for keeping Sen. Grassley in the dark, and suggested it was because of a “bad cold.”
“The one regret I have is that I should have spoke with Senator Grassley before,” she told NBC News.
“And I don’t make an excuse but I’ve had a bad cold and maybe that slowed down my mental facilities [sic] a little bit.”
Grassley said Tuesday that Feinstein’s decision to abruptly publish the documents was “confounding” and said he expected the documents to be released “when we both agreed to release it.”
Sorry — virus treatments are not legitimate here—it took planning and the willing actions of her staff to accomplish this.
But of course MSM extolls her act as a “heroic action”…
New York Times: “Democratic Senator Releases Transcript of Interview With Dossier Firm” January 9, 2018
“Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, defied her Republican colleagues on Tuesday to unilaterally make public a much-discussed transcript of the committee’s interview with one of the founders of the firm that produced a salacious and unsubstantiated dossier outlining a Russian effort to aid the Trump campaign.”
Mr. Simpson and Peter Fritsch, the firm’s co-founders, had called for the Judiciary Committee to release the transcript in an Op-Ed essay in The New York Times, arguing that it would show that Republicans were unfairly smearing their work. The request inspired a tart back-and-forth with Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the committee’s Republican chairman, but appeared to be going nowhere until Tuesday, when Ms. Feinstein took the side of Fusion.
The release of the transcript broke what had more or less been a prevailing rule of secrecy around Congress’s various investigations into Russia’s efforts and the Trump campaign. Though pieces of information from witness interviews in the House and the Senate have leaked to the news media, only two complete transcripts — from House Intelligence Committee interviews with Carter Page and Erik Prince — had been publicly released among hundreds.
In a brief interview, Ms. Feinstein left open the possibility of releasing other transcripts from the committee’s investigation.
NBC News: “Feinstein releases Fusion GPS testimony on Trump dossier” (video)
Huffington Post: “Dianne Feinstein Releases Transcript Of Fusion GPS Co-Founder’s Testimony On Russia”
“Feinstein said Democrats supported releasing the transcript, CNBC reports. In a statement, Fusion GPS commended Feinstein “for her courage” in releasing the document.”
Back in August 2017, the Senate took a vote on releasing closed door Fusion GPS testimony. At that time “Grassley said that the process of releasing Simpson’s testimony would be lengthy, and Simpson and his lawyer would have to receive a copy of the testimony before it could be made public.” Apparently either the vote wasn’t taken or reference research is inadequate to finding out what happened to the vote.
The problem as I see it here is that Feinstein has far too many years behind her in congress to get away with releasing sensitive or otherwise secretive closed door information or using some stupid excuse for her actions. Shouldn’t this be a case where the FBI and the DoJ investigates a congressional breach of security protocol?
What she did opens a whole new can of worms for congress if she is allowed to get away with this act. Besides the ethics of doing such, the fall out goes further with questioning congress’s ability to contain information or be allowed to hold closed door classified or nonclassified hearings. The breach of trust is highly damaging to congress.
Did Feinstein do something illegal? I would say so. At the very least she needs to come before the SENATE Ethics Committee. However, given all of the Senate “alledged” trangressions concerning McCain and others that have not been acted upon at all over the last many years, I doubt the committee could be moved to bring Feinstein to account on this issue either.
Is one of the basic laws to be a liberal that all rules and actions are subject to their own interpretation and decision to act? Is it that to tell a lie — any lie — gets them off the hook and any told by their opponents as fuel for said opponents to be roasted over hot coals?
All I can say is it seems the Democrats have doddering old fools who are unwilling to go into retirement gracefully representing them. Maybe there should be not only a term limit but age or mental capability test to be passed for congress members at the beginning of every year???