Mark Warner: Congress Received “Important New Documents” that Raise “New Questions” in Trump-Russia ProbePhoto by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Politics News Russia Investigation
Amid reports that the president attempted to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller last summer, and questions surrounding the validity and release of the controversial Nunes memo, Sen. Mark Warner has revealed that a host of “important new documents” were received by Congress late last year. The new documents signal that the Russia investigation that has hung over the Trump administration for almost a year is far from concluding.
In an exclusive interview with Politico, Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, revealed that the new documents “had new information that raises more questions.” While the documents contain “very significant” information, Warner stated that the committee’s focus is on “trying to corroborate or not” the “veracity or truthfulness” of the revelations contained.
The senator also said the claims within the scandalous Steele dossier are still yet to be “proven nor, conversely, disproven.”
As the committee works through its investigation, Warner posits that “virtually every member of our committee, Democrat or Republican, would agree,” that the facts of the case solidify the charge that Russian intervention was present during the 2016 campaign and worked to influence the election on Trump’s behalf. “Senator Burr and my Republican colleagues, they’ve looked at the same facts I’ve looked at, and we may have areas where we disagree on conclusions, but we don’t disagree on facts,” said Warner. The bipartisan agreement flies in the face of continued attempts by President Trump to discredit the claim of a Russian presence during the 2016 election cycle.
The latest talking point implemented by Trump and his “zealots” to delegitimize the investigation is the secret memo that Rep. David Nunes continues to threaten to release. The memo alleges FBI surveillance abuse against the president, but Trump’s own Justice Department advised against its public release. Warner doesn’t sugarcoat his feelings regarding Nunes and the memo itself, calling it an exercise in “connecting dots that don’t connect.” Warner has read the material from which Nunes has devised the questionable bombshell and labeled it as part of a “coordinated effort to try to impede the investigation” comparing the practice to a “secret Star Chamber.”
Warner also had strong comments regarding the “coffee boy” moniker utilized by the White House to distance and discredit former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. “I don’t know any coffee boy in any campaign that I’ve been involved with that had direct communications with the absolute senior leadership with the campaign,” said Warner.
No conclusions have been made by the Intelligence Committee or Mueller’s investigators, but as both bodies continue to look into any connections between the Trump administration and Russia’s election meddling, Warner has faith in the truth being revealed. “Mueller is getting closer and closer to the truth,” said Warner, continuing, “closer and closer to the truth is getting closer and closer to the president.”