Longtime Utah GOP Senator Orrin Hatch, who worked closely with Senator Edward Kennedy, (D-Massachusetts), on legislation and Senate committees, stated emphatically that California Senator Dianne Feinstein, (D), did not commit a crime when she released transcripts from a closed-door interview with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS.

Through Fusion GPS, which is a research organization devised to uncover the truth about Donald Trump's ties to the Russians, British intelligence investigator Christopher Steele uncovered a series of memos from June to December of 2016.

That collection of memos, which is 35 pages long, became known as the Donald Trump-Russia dossier. In a very controversial tweet, President Trump, who was warned by the Dutch to stop posting "fake news," alleged that Feinstein violated the law when she released the transcripts of the interview with Simpson.

A 'wonderful Senator'

Hatch, who is a very conservative Senator from a western red state, stated that although he felt that Feinstein's release of the interview transcript was "improper," that the moderate California Democrat did not do anything illegal. Hatch even went so far as to state that Feinstein is "a wonderful Senator."

Hatch's ability to cross party lines and not only work with Democrats but respect them as public servants, is a rare commodity in today's U.S.

Senate. Having the ability to compromise and work with one's colleagues from the other side of the aisle is a throwback to the way things used to be in the United States Senate. And it is a testimony to the character of Hatch, the late Senator Edward Kennedy and to Dianne Feinstein, who also has worked closely with Hatch throughout her Senate career.

Feinstein's rise to power

Dianne Feinstein's rise to political power began with her election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1970. She served in that position, and as Vice-Mayor, until November 27, 1978, when Mayor George Moscone was assassinated. Moscone, who was a very popular mayor in San Francisco and the Bay Area, was assassinated along with that city's first openly gay member of the Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk.

Needless to say, Feinstein took office under very emotional circumstances, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and just five days past the fourteen year anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which still was very much on the minds of all of those who were 6 years or older when it occurred.

In 1990, Feinstein lost a race for Governor of California against Senator Pete Wilson. Two years later, she won election to the Senate seat that Wilson vacated when he was elected to the Senate. Feinstein has been in the Senate ever since and she is a candidate for re-election in 2018.

Prosecutors to Trump: Don't fire Mueller

Meanwhile, Trump has been warned by multiple former prosecutors not to fire independent special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

The prosecutors have warned that among other things, such a firing would make it appear that Trump has something to hide. The Russia probe is alive and well in the media and in bars and saloons nationwide.