Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) defended Republicans who are more concerned about discrediting damaging information about President Donald Trump than getting to the bottom of Russia's interference in the 2016 US election.
Feinstein released the testimony without consulting Judiciary chairman Senator Charles Grassley, or any other Republicans on the committee, all of whom were understandably troubled by Feinstein's action.
Trump added that the USA should instead accept more immigrants from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he had met the previous day. The testimony was taken in August 2017, during which Simpson discussed Fusion GPS' role in producing the discredited "Trump dossier". Feinstein had the ability to release the transcripts as the top Democrat on the committee, and her staff helped conduct the interview with Simpson.
The focus seems to be shifting in the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
After Democrats began paying for the research, Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele, a former British spy, to gather intelligence about any ties between the Kremlin and then-candidate Trump and his associates.
Later in the testimony, Simpson clarified that he couldn't say for sure whether the source was from the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign.
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He has since exhausted his petitions and appeals through the immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. "Today, after more than two decades of living in this country, he was detained by ICE and removed in an ambulance".
"We all need to stop pretending that there are no consequences when the most powerful person in the world espouses racist views and gives a wink and a nod to the darkest elements in our society", she added.
Democrats have charged that the FBI investigations are meant to be a distraction from separate investigations into the Russian meddling and whether Trump's campaign was involved.
Based on the information contained therein, we are respectfully referring Mr. Steele to you for investigation of potential violations if 18 U.S.C. § 1001, for statements the committee has reason to believe Mr. Steele made regarding his distribution of the information contained in the dossier. Dianne Feinstein of California.
Feinstein said at the time, "I wasn't consulted about this referral, nor were any of my Democratic colleagues".
Also, according to Simpson, Steele was so horrified by what he was finding that he contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation instead of just reporting back to his Clintonian masters. And Feinstein is a powerfully placed female lawmaker with a reputation on Capitol Hill that allows her to take on Trump from a position of authority and credibility - all qualities that existed before, but have now taken on increased political importance following a cultural reckoning that called out powerful men who abused their power and sought to elevate women's voices.