Dem Senator's Ties to Russian Oligarch Earns 'Wow!' From Trump

Aaron Bernstein  Reuters

Aaron Bernstein Reuters

"Wow! -Senator Mark Warner got caught having extensive contact with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch", Trump tweeted. The story points to a string of text messages between Warner and Waldman in which it appears that Warner seeks to have a private conversation with Steele before any official testimony would be given to the full committee.

An aide to Burr knew there was a "back channel" Warner was using to try and get to Steele and was not concerned that Warner was freelancing on the matter.

"In one text, Warner suggested he did not want Burr or any other senator included in the discussions: 'Ok but I wud (sic) like to do prelim call u me and him no one else before letter just so we have to trail to start want to discuss scope first before letter no leaks, '" Fox reported.

Fox News reported Thursday that Warner had several contacts with Adam Waldman, a one-time lobbyist for Russian oligarch Oleg V. Deripaska, for help setting up a meeting with former British spy Christopher Steele. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Warner criticized the release of the information.

Mr. Warner, ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, reportedly disclosed this information to his fellow members on the committee a year ago.

U.S. President Donald Trump attends the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, U.S. February 8, 2018.

Early last March, Steele's friends said publicly that he would be willing to meet with members of Congress in the UK. Warner fully disclosed this to the committee four months ago.

"Steele famously put together the anti-Trump dossier of unverified information that was used by Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials in October 2016 to get a warrant to conduct surveillance of former Trump adviser Carter Page", Fox reported.

From Fox News' lips to the president's ears. The trip was first reported past year soon after it happened. Warner, the committee's top Democrat, said last month that "extraordinarily important" new documents had been obtained by the committee in its ongoing probe. Fox News ran an "exclusive" report that claimed that Sen.

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