The Trump-Russia investigation has splintered Congress. On one hand, you have Republicans who now hate the FBI and consider it politically biased. On the other, you have Democrats defending the FBI as they call for further investigations into the possibility of the Trump campaign colluding with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.
To defend the FBI’s credibility, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) made the bold move of releasing a transcript from an interview the Senate Judiciary Committee had with the co-founder of Fusion GPS Glenn Simpson.
She went against the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) by doing so.
Fusion GPS is the company behind the Steele dossier, which Republicans believe is uncorroborated evidence that the FBI is using to take down Trump.
In response, Donald Trump, the glob of orange that this is all centered around, has tweeted his displeasure with Feinstein over the release. He even gave her one of his infamous nicknames. In two tweets, he rambled furiously:
‘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 tough Primary!’
‘The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues. There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes. Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing. Republicans should finally take control!’
Let’s just stop here and establish something.
Calling for Feinstein to face a tough primary is ridiculous and far-fetched. She has been in the Senate since 1992, and her approval rating is favorable. No serious Democratic contender has stepped forward, either. It’s not going to happen.
Republicans should have been able to take control when Trump took office because they have a majority in both the House, the Senate, and a Republican president. However, they couldn’t get their act together enough to pull off the biggest promises they made to their base.
Furthermore, they screwed up by supporting and allowing an alleged teenage diddling caricature of a southerner to run for Senate. He lost to a Democrat in Alabama. Democrat Doug Jones did not win because Alabamians loved him. He won because Republicans gave the state the worst possible candidate and allowed him to run even after the allegations were made.
Republicans have been unable to take control and though they are high on the victory of tax “reform,” they have little room for error now that Doug Jones has been sworn in.
Going back to the issue of the transcript that was released, Feinstein did nothing illegal. First off, Simpson called for the release of the interview he gave to the committee. CNN reported:
‘Simpson and Fritsch called on Congress to release transcripts of their testimony before congressional committees.’
Vox noted that the only thing Feinstein did was break some rules of Senate decorum.
‘What Feinstein violated was the normal rules of Senate decorum, which Republicans had been using to cover up a key point that debunks some of their own talking points about this matter.’
She basically went against the status quo to give people the knowledge that Republicans were full of it. Republicans want to place the blame solely on the Steele dossier for the investigation; however, Vox noted the FBI was investigating Trump before the dossier made waves throughout America.
‘The key takeaway is that the FBI was already investigating potential links between Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government before they got the Steele dossier.’
Remember, it was found out that former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos got drunk and told an Australian diplomat about the Russians offering damaging information on Hillary Clinton. That was in May 2016. The New York Times noted that Steele began giving information to Fusion GPS in June of 2016.
If you learned your months of the year in elementary school, then you know May comes before June. Sorry. No cookie for you Republicans.
Trump’s tweets are just a tactic to get his base foaming at the mouth by saying the words witch hunt. By giving Feinstein a nickname, he’s given his supporters something that easily rolls off the tongue. Republicans now have to face the fact their talking points were debunked, and they tried to hide that during an election year, which is obstruction of justice.
You can check out the response Trump’s tweets garnered from Twitter users below.
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