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

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphySenate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee Democrats shoot down McConnell's filibuster gambit Senate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official MORE (D-Conn.) on Wednesday defended Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSchumer becomes new Senate majority leader Democrats torn on impeachment trial timing Justice Dept. closes insider trading case against Burr without charges 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 TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's investigation," he continued. 


"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 GrassleyFinance Committee vote on Yellen nomination scheduled for Friday Democrats swear in three senators to gain majority Yellen champions big spending at confirmation hearing 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 GrahamTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February MORE's (R-S.C.) decision to ask Justice to look into criminal charges against the dossier's author.