It was a late Christmas present to liberals Tuesday morning when Sen. Dianne Feinstein unilaterally published on her website the transcript of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, without first telling committee chair Chuck Grassley.
As Twitchy reported, on Tuesday, Feinstein told reporters she took a cue from Nike and just did it.
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
That story changed — and changed again — on Wednesday when Feinstein told a CNN reporter she was “pressured” to release the document.
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
Wait, no, her office later clarified that she wasn’t pressured to release the transcript. So … why didn’t she at least tell Grassley first?
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
The old blame the NyQuil card https://t.co/ULn8Me0Vp5
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZito) January 11, 2018
Yep, it looks like a bad cold interfered with Feinstein’s mental facilities, and that’s why she did an end-run around the committee chair. So when she said she was pressured, what she was really talking about was sinus pressure — got it.
— Jake Stull (@PolitcalGuru) January 11, 2018
I’ll bet @MariannaNBCNews really pressed her on this.
LOL. I’ll bet she didn’t. Don’t even need to see a transcript. https://t.co/VAZsLqieKW
— chrisdotgordon (@chrisdotgordon) January 11, 2018
The snot made me do it? https://t.co/k4cxJIdLeZ
— Bevfefe (@Bev_Graham) January 11, 2018
Her cold made her forget to tell Grassley? That's one heck of a cold, almost at Hillary pneumonia levels https://t.co/PivpgElDT7
— Dagny Delinquent (@DagnyDelinquent) January 11, 2018
"Darn, the bad cold excuse. Why didn't I think of that?" Hillary Clinton's server IT guy. https://t.co/vpS33gNdcH
— Allen 🐟🇨🇦 (@arlasko) January 11, 2018
Time for you to retire as well and take your mental faculties with you! https://t.co/mwvZjkNosn
— Katherine S Hefner (@kathie138) January 11, 2018
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) January 11, 2018
This is getting weirder and weirder. https://t.co/O2NE6C7Dbt
— Ellison B. (@PatedBears) January 10, 2018
🤦🏼♀️ What? First it was for “transparency”, second she was “pressured” and now she has a “cold”. She can’t keep her lies straight https://t.co/gIcc5ipefq
— Kristi Allbright (@KristiAllbright) January 11, 2018
Well, honesty is not her forte. https://t.co/hI2nAZPGZg
— BayAreaFrau (@bayareahausfrau) January 10, 2018
Wow! And these people have our national secrets! https://t.co/pktRbHkKLe
— Robert Boyd (@RobertBoydOK) January 11, 2018
Democrats screaming Trump is mentally unfit on every channel meanwhile this is Feinstein…. https://t.co/k5L2NDEWA4
— Adorable Deplorable (@OliMauritania) January 11, 2018
Wow. Just wow. "Slowed down my mental facilities." From a sitting senior Senator. Barely a peep from the media. Would they be so silent if an elderly republican Senator said this? Considering their baseless coverage of Trump's mental fitness, it isn't much of a question really. https://t.co/rKqkHRx05I
— Scott Ruesterholz (@Read_N_Learn) January 11, 2018
YOU HAVE GO TO BE F'ING KIDDING ME!!! And Trump is the one with the mental problems??? https://t.co/CXxHreXFlb
— PissedWhiteDude (@PissedWhiteDude) January 11, 2018
Feinstein admits she’s not mentally fit https://t.co/bd5xlXMq3j
— Eddie 🔹 (@eddiecarl4468) January 11, 2018
— Jeff Cunningham (@jeffrygc) January 11, 2018
Don’t worry, CNN is ON IT.
Deleting a tweet headline from our show about Feinstein apology to Grassley to rewrite it more precisely — apology was for not telling him ahead of time, NOT for releasing transcript. Thanks
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 11, 2018