Earlier this week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the transcript of a congressional interview with Fusion GPS founder Glenn R. Simpson without first consulting with her peers on the committee, including its chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley.
In response, numerous Republicans blasted her, with President Donald Trump describing her as “sneaky” and Grassley likewise reportedly describing her decision to release the transcript as “confounding.”
Speaking with NBC News on Wednesday, however, Feinstein tried to backtrack by trotting out an unexpected excuse for her uncivil behavior: She had been impaired mentally by a severe cold.
“The one regret I have is that I should have spoke with Senator Grassley before,” she said. “And I don’t make an excuse but I’ve had a bad cold and maybe that slowed down my mental facilities a little bit.”
Feinstein to @MariannaNBCNews RE: releasing the Glenn Simpson transcript: "The one regret I have is that I should have spoke 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 a little bit."
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) January 10, 2018
Yet her “mental facilities” seemed fine when she released the transcript Tuesday, alongside a statement in which she articulated her reasons for taking such action.
“The American people deserve the opportunity to see what he (Simpson) said and judge for themselves,” she said. “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 only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public.”
Apparently, Feinstein resents that, while Democrats have been using Fusion GPS’ discredited dossier to chase unproven allegations Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russians to swing the 2016 presidential election, Republicans have been busy using real evidence to uncover disturbing links between Fusion GPS and the failed campaign of Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton.
Regardless, according to Talking Points Memo reporter Alice Ollstein, when she ran into Feinstein on an elevator Tuesday afternoon, this happened:
Feinstein smiles while stepping into an elevator as reporters ask about her unilaterally publishing Fusion GPS transcript. “I just decided to do it,” she says.
— Alice Ollstein (@AliceOllstein) January 9, 2018
But about 24 hours later, Feinstein’s attitude suddenly transformed right before our very eyes when, according to CNN’s Manu Raju, she claimed she had been pressured to release the transcript.
FEINSTEIN says she’s sorry to Grassley for not giving him a headsup about the release of the Fusion GPS transcript. “I meant to tell him, and I didn’t have a chance to tell him, and that concerns me,” she told us. “I just got pressured, and I didn’t do it.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 10, 2018
I gotta admit that her changing stories do make me question her “mental faculities,” which do seem to be impaired even more than normal for a Democrat.
But they also make me wonder whether she may just be trying to protect herself from any potential legal repercussions.
According to the president, what “Sneaky Dianne Feinstein” did Tuesday was both “underhanded and possibly illegal.”
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
It’s unclear whether this claim holds merit, though it’s as obvious as day that Feinstein’s many excuses for releasing the transcript are as deceitful as the rhetoric of a taqiyya-practicing radical Islamist.
If nothing else, she’s truth-impaired, anyway.
H/T Zero Hedge