On Tuesday, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) released the explosive transcript of a closed-door testimony that Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson made to the Senate Judiciary Committee about President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia — and one of the biggest bombshells stemmed not from the dossier itself, but those who sought to keep it from the public.
GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) both fought tooth and nail on Monday to keep the transcript’s contents from the public, and once the damning details were released, the internet rained hell on them.
New York Times contributing writer Wajahat Ali tweeted: “[Fusion GPS founder] Glenn Simpson testimony is not a good look on Grassley, Graham, Republicans, Trump, the FBI. Why did they sit on all this info? Why did they only reveal Clinton email investigation? Why did Grassley/Graham go after Steele of all people?”
“No doubt that Grassley and Graham tried to keep quiet revelations that Fusion GPS reportedly had a walk-in whistleblower from the Trump campaign,” Mark Frost noted.
Read other responses below:
Grassley tells @thedailybeast that the transcript shows Simpson was "uncooperative, he was colluding with the Russians, he was colluding with the Democrats, and he was, all the time, denying those things." https://t.co/f0y1On82b4 pic.twitter.com/W6evobSb0N
— Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) January 9, 2018
One of the nuggets Grassley and Graham were no doubt desperate to keep out of the public record… https://t.co/e2mtRQexn0
— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) January 9, 2018
BREAKING NEWS: Sen Grassley is still an enabler and providing cover https://t.co/qHLYhTIhNk
— Chris Meloni (@Chris_Meloni) January 9, 2018
Fusion GPS transcript shows that what Senators Grassley & Graham did last week in publicly referring Christopher Steele for criminal investigation was, at best, a partisan publicity stunt and, at worst, intentionally designed to mislead the American people. https://t.co/EWyPsd2vd9
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 9, 2018
Thank you @SenFeinstein for treating the Americans with the transparency & respect we deserve. @ChuckGrassley @LindseyGrahamSC Your DOJ stunt threatens to irrevocably damage our true allies faith in sharing highly classified information with us. Tired of your sanctimonious bull.
— Sharon (@Sharonresists) January 9, 2018
Grassley and other GOP are targeting Steele not despite him getting the goods on Trump’s Treason Team but because of it.
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) January 9, 2018
For the record, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley opposed releasing the Fusion GPS transcripts. It’s pretty clear the entire GOP knows it’s not “phoney” and they’re conspiring to prevent the release of anything detrimental to their party or contradictory to its leadership.
— William “stable genius” LeGate 🌊 (@williamlegate) January 9, 2018
— Ken Reid (@KennethWReid) January 9, 2018
— The6ixFan (@The6ixFan) January 9, 2018
— Kim Mathers (@KimLMathers) January 9, 2018
— Carol Forden (@CarolForden) January 9, 2018