(CNSNews.com) - One day after soliciting Sen. Dianne Feinstein's opinion on immigration reform at a bipartisan meeting at the White House, President Trump suggested that it's time for the California Democrat to go:
"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!" Trump tweeted.
In a second tweet, Trump wrote: "The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues. There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes. Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing. Republicans should finally take control!"
Trump was reacting to Feinstein's unilateral release on Tuesday of the transcript of Glenn Simpson's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Feinstein released the transcript, angering Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who called the move "confounding" and potentially detrimental to future committee interviews.
Simpson is the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the firm that hired former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele to do opposition research on then-candidate Donald Trump.
Steele's research included salacious and unverified claims about Trump consorting with prostitutes during a trip to Russia. Some Republicans believed Steele's research formed the flimsy excuse for the FBI to launch its investigation into Trump-Russia coordination, but Simpson told the committee he doesn't believe that.
In fact, Simpson told the Judiciary Committee that when Steele went to the FBI -- to tell them what he'd heard about Trump and express his concerns that Trump could be blackmailed -- the FBI told Steele "that they believed Chris [Steele's] information might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump organization."
In releasing the transcript, Feinstein 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.”
Before testifying in August, Simpson was asked by committee staff not to speak about what was discussed in the interview room "in order to preserve the integrity of our investigation."
But Simpson wanted his testimony released, to make it clear that "credible allegations of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia were pouring in from independent sources during the campaign," as Simpson put it in a recent column. Simpson complained that Republicans lawmakers knew this, but were waging a "cynical campaign" to portray Fusion GPS as "the unwitting victims of Kremlin disinformation."