Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has claimed a “bad cold” might have caused her to lose her mind and release Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony without giving Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) advanced notice.
Feinstein, 84, told NBC News, “The one regret I have is that I should have spoken with Senator Grassley before. And I don’t make an excuse but I’ve had a bad cold and maybe that slowed down my mental facilities [sic] a little bit.”
Feinstein told reporters on Thursday that she denied any rumors that she said she was “pressured” to release the Simpson transcript.
“I made no statement to that effect,” said the Senate’s oldest currently sitting senator.
Reporters then suggested that they have recordings of her arguing that she was “pressured.” She just replied, ” I don’t believe there are. I don’t believe I said that.”
She went on to babble, “It appears in one place, and I saw it, and I’m just telling you, you asked me the question, and the question is, it’s not correct.”
Sen. Feinstein already plans to run for a fifth full term that would last until she is 91. California States Senate President Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) will run against Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2018 in the Senate midterm elections, a report in Breitbart notes.
Feinstein published the Fusion GPS co-founder’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after a bipartisan meeting at the White House to discuss a potential solution for the beneficiaries of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Trump has ended, effective March 6.
The California Democrat told reporters on Wednesday, “I meant to tell him, and I didn’t have a chance to tell him, and that concerns me. I just got pressured, and I didn’t do it.”
Feinstein went on to defend herself after Trump put out a tweet earlier Thursday suggesting that she broke the law by releasing Simpson’s testimony.
“I didn’t do anything illegal. … That transcript has become so abused that time has come for people to take a look at it,” Feinstein said.
Sen. Feinstein released Simpson’s testimony on Tuesday despite Grassley’s opposition. Simpson had requested that the testimony be released in a New York Times op-ed.
Feinstein said in a statement, “The American people deserve the opportunity to see what he said and judge for themselves. The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice.”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2018
Democrat Dianne Feinstein should never have released secret committee testimony to the public without authorization. Very disrespectful to committee members and possibly illegal. She blamed her poor decision on the fact she had a cold – a first!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018