President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday night to tout a Fox News report that Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) endeavored to reach the creator of the dubious dossier linking Trump to Russia.
“Wow! -Senator Mark Warner got caught having extensive contact with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch,” Trump tweeted. “Warner did not want a ‘paper trail’ on a ‘private’ meeting (in London) he requested with Steele of fraudulent Dossier fame. All tied into Crooked Hillary.”
Wow! -Senator Mark Warner got caught having extensive contact with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch. Warner did not want a “paper trail” on a “private” meeting (in London) he requested with Steele of fraudulent Dossier fame. All tied into Crooked Hillary.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2018
Fox News reported before at night that Warner had “broad contact” a year ago with lobbyist Adam Waldman, whose firm reportedly likewise has connections to previous Democratic presidential chosen one Hillary Clinton.
Warner, the best Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, was trying to set up contact with the creator of the dossier, Christopher Steeler, as a component of the Senate board’s investigation into Russian obstruction in the 2016 race.
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Warner traded instant messages with Waldman, who filled in as a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch, about reaching Steele, as indicated by the Fox News report.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who additionally sits on the Intelligence Committee, rejected the report in a tweet Thursday, taking note of that Warner “completely revealed” the contacts to the committee and saying they had “zero effect” on the committee’s investigation.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 9, 2018
The Senate Intelligence Committee is one of a few congressional boards examining Russian endeavors to meddle in the 2016 race.
Warner, the committee’s best Democrat, said in January that “remarkably essential” new records had been gotten by the committee in its continuous test.
“We’ve had new data that brings up more issues,” he said a month ago.