On The Last Word, Lawrence O’Donnell explained why the release of the transcript that may doom Trump by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) makes her a national hero.
O’Donnell said, “Today Dianne Feinstein taught all of her Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle the lesson that we are all suppose to know. Extraordinary times call require extraordinary measures. Almost since the day Glenn Simpson was interviewed by the senate judiciary committee staff on August 22nd of 2017 about the dossier that his firm, Fusion GPS, commissioned Christopher Steele to write, his testimony has been lied about by Republican senators. Chairman Grassley publicly called that testimony, which he refused to release, quote, uncooperative. Glen Simpson wrote an op-ed piece in “The New York Times” last week urging the committee to release his testimony. The person Chuck Grassley was accusing of being uncooperative wanted to show us how cooperative he actually was with the committee. Chuck Grassley was never going to release that transcript. And Senator Feinstein knew it. And so today Dianne Feinstein willfully took an action that humiliated the chairman of her committee, Chuck Grassley, something she hated to do. And in the process, she proved that the chairman of her committee has been lying about Glenn Simpson’s testimony, publicly lying about it. The transcript shows that Glenn Simpson was fully cooperative, as he described Christopher Steele and himself believing they were witnessing a crime in progress. Those were his words, “Crime in progress” with Russian interference in the election.”
It is important to remember that the Senate isn’t the House. There are strict unwritten rules and behavioral protocols that are followed. Feinstein released the transcript not because she was looking for some political payback, but because she had to. Chuck Grassley was trying to get Christopher Steele charged with a crime. Trump was running the Russia scandal cover-up on the Senate side through the Judiciary Committee. The only way that the Simpson transcript was going to see the light of day was if she released it.
Sen. Feinstein did something for her country and the pursuit of truth. At a time when ethics and morals take a beating at the hands of Trump, Dianne Feinstein rose above. Feinstein wouldn’t let the truth be buried, and for that reason, she deserves to be called a national hero.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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