MSNBC anchor Joy Reid connected the dots between the Fusion GPS testimony released Tuesday and the potential motives of the leading Republicans who worked to prevent citizens from reading the official transcript.
“Republicans did not want the public to see secret testimony related to the infamous Trump dossier, but today Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein went ahead and released the testimony anyway,” anchor Reid noted. “And now that we’ve seen it, it’s clear why the Republicans didn’t want it to get out.”
“Because this testimony destroys the conspiracy theory being peddled on the right to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation,” Reid explained. “According to that theory, the dossier was co-opted by the F.B.I. in 2016 as part of a Democratic plot to tarnish Donald Trump.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to address the transcriptat Tuesday’s briefing.
“The testimony released today blows those claims out of the water and the two Republican senators blocking its release, Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) knew that,” Reid concluded.
“They knew the narrative being pushed on Fox News and Capitol Hill was baloney, but instead of correcting that narrative, they chose to perpetuate it, calling for a second special counsel to investigate so-called F.B.I. bias and referring the author of the dossier, former British spy Christopher Steele, for criminal investigation,” Reid continued.
“It’s all part of a concerted drive by the president’s allies to muddy the waters of the Russia investigation and discredit the dossier, which outlines alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in 2016,” Reid observed.