President Trump on Wednesday denounced Sen. Suffice it to say, he wasn't thrilled.
He then said Feinstein, who is seeking another term, "Must have tough Primary!" Soon Feinstein's unexpected move may come to look like the least of Trump's troubles.
Feinstein is a liberal grandee from California, whose putative sneakiness consisted of releasing a 300-page interview by the Senate Judiciary Committee with Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, the firm that compiled the controversial dossier on Trump's Russian Federation connections, real or imagined. But his investigation has already resulted in Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia's ambassador. Dianne Feinstein for releasing a transcript of testimony that was given during the investigation.
Investigative journalist Bob Woodward, who has written about the intelligence community for four decades, said shortly after the dossier's publication that Mr. Steele had produced a "garbage 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. Republicans and Democrats have tangled in recent weeks over the origins of the dossier, which was funded in part by Trump's political opponents, and how the FBI and other agencies may have used it in their investigations.
Republicans have questioned the credibility of Steele, a reputed British spy. Lindsey Graham, used it on January 5 in issuing a "criminal referral" against Steele to the Justice Department.
"I think it's safe to say that, you know, at some point probably early in 2016 I had reached a conclusion about Donald Trump as a businessman and his character and I was opposed to Donald Trump", Simpson said, according to the transcript. And then as Simpson tells it, Steele told him that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had other information about Trump-Russia links from an individual within the Trump campaign itself. In releasing the transcript, Feinstein did more than pay lip service.
That allegation has been disputed by the president, his bodyguard who was present during that trip, and has not been verified by USA intelligence agencies, and believed by Russia experts to be typical Russian disinformation.
Protest poster at anti-Trump rally, New York City, June 3, 2017. Feinstein said she had a "cold" and suggested that affected her "faculties". His legal team is preparing for a potential interview with the special counsel and is in preliminary discussions with Mueller's office about the parameters of such a discussion, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday. He also again lashed out at the investigations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, urging Republicans to take control of the inquiries and repeating his claim that they are on a "witch hunt".