Senate Dem: ‘Comity has fallen apart’ on Judiciary Committee

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Democrats ramp up pressure for infrastructure deal amid time crunch Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan MORE (D-Conn.) on Wednesday defended Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinNearly 140 Democrats urge EPA to 'promptly' allow California to set its own vehicle pollution standards Biden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund Stripping opportunity from DC's children MORE (D-Calif.) for unilaterally releasing the transcript of an interview with a co-founder of Fusion GPS, which produced a controversial dossier that accused President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE's campaign of colluding with Russia. 

"Unfortunately comity has fallen apart on that committee for the time being," Murphy told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day." 

"I think it's just another reminder that if we're going to get to the bottom of what happened with respect to the 2016 election, it's going to come through Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's investigation," he continued. 

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"I've always been skeptical that the Judiciary Committee or the Intelligence Committee was going to keep Republicans and Democrats together on their own investigations." 

The Judiciary Committee interviewed Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson behind closed doors last August as part of its wider investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

Feinstein, the committee's ranking Democrat, went against the wishes of the panel's chairman, Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators MORE (R-Iowa), who wanted to wait before releasing the transcript. 

"It’s totally confounding that Sen. Feinstein would unilaterally release a transcript of a witness interview in the middle of an ongoing investigation — a witness that Feinstein herself subpoenaed last year for lack of cooperation," Grassley's press secretary said in a statement. 

Murphy on Wednesday said he thinks Feinstein made the right decision. 

"Remember, the Republicans on that committee didn't consult with her with respect to their referral to the Department of Justice on Fusion GPS," Murphy said, referring to Grassley and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham, Cuellar press Biden to name border czar Trump takes two punches from GOP The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE's (R-S.C.) decision to ask Justice to look into criminal charges against the dossier's author.