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Sen. Whitehouse: Release of Fusion GPS Transcript Refutes GOP Distortions

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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 10 January 2018 01:34 PM

Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse defended his Democratic colleague Sen. Dianne Feinstein for making public the closed-door congressional testimony of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, telling MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday that it helped clarify what he told the Judiciary Committee.

What Republicans "tried to do is create this sense that there's some collusion between the Russians and Christopher Steele, the guy who wrote the dossier that Glenn Simpson and Fusion GPS published," Whitehouse said. "And when you look at Glenn Simpson's testimony, it's clear that that could not be farther from the truth. And rather than just argue the point, I think Sen. Feinstein did the smart thing, which is just throw the whole transcript out there and let people see it."

Regarding criticism from Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is chairman of the committee, that releasing the transcript will now make it harder to compel people to come in and give testimony knowing that it may be leaked, Whitehouse said the circumstances in this case refute Grassley's concerns.

Whitehouse stressed that Simpson himself wanted the transcript made public, saying doing so would be refute the accusations against him.

Whitehouse also offered his viewpoint on the Democrats' confrontation with President Donald Trump over DACA.

He said that the issue is "an absolute Democratic priority, [because] the Dreamers wouldn't be Dreamers if it weren't for the Democratic Party," and emphasized that "we intend to get this done."

However, he insisted that drawing a line in the sand and refusing to support the spending bill if there's no deal to help the DACA children might not be a wise policy.

"The problem with that is that if you make too strong of an ultimatum, then President Trump can use that against us," Whitehouse said. "And I think the best thing for us to do is recognize that we have a strong negotiating position, we have a number of priorities, including funding the Children's Health Insurance Program and keeping community health centers funded and making sure that flood insurance and disaster relief get out. So, there's a lot that we have to get into this.

"I think if we draw an absolute ultimatum line, that gives the Republicans the opportunity to force a government shutdown, move the blame to us and to the DACA kids and, in many respects, it's counterproductive."

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Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse defended his Democratic colleague Sen. Dianne Feinstein for making public the closed-door congressional testimony of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, telling MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday that it helped clarify what he told the...
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