President Donald Trump slammed Senate Judiciary ranking member Dianne Feinstein for releasing the transcript of Fusion GPS leaders' testimony to the panel, calling her "sneaky" and suggesting - without evidence - she might have broken the law.
Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) to face a tough primary challenge in 2018.
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.
In a tweet, Trump referred to the the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee as "sneaky" and stated her release of the more than 300-pages of interviews between Glenn Simpson and Judiciary Committee lawmakers and attorneys was "possibly illegal". Simpson's interview pertained to the Steele Dossier on Trump that was compiled by his firm during the 2016 campaign.
He also misleadingly claimed that Feinstein had already concluded there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
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.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Democratic Sen. Chuck Grassley, who had previously refused to release the contents of the interview.
A separate investigation by the House Intelligence Committee led by chairman Devin Nunes is trying to establish whether opposition research from Fusion GPS on Trump formed the basis of the FBI's investigation into allegations that Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation. "The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public", she said.
Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, the committee chairman, criticized Feinstein's decision to release the transcript, saying she did not consult him first. But Grassley said Wednesday that he has a long history of oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and this was part of it.
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. And in deep blue, Democrat-dominated California, that's just the kind of image Feinstein wants to cultivate as she seeks to win yet another term this fall.
He did not identify the source.
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his conversations with Russian officials, and is cooperating with prosecutors led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.