A Democrat senator contacted the lobbyist for a Russian oligarch in an attempt to get in touch with the author of the bogus Trump dossier.
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia wanted no paper trail.
The lobbyist’s firm has ties to Hillary Clinton.
Here are the details…
From Daily Wire:
The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, who is leading a congressional investigation into alleged ties between President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and members of the Russian government, has been caught communicating privately with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch last year as he tried to get in touch with Christopher Steele, the author of the anti-Trump dossier.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) engaged in extensive communications in 2017 with Adam Waldman, a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who was offering access to Steele, an ex-British spy who was hired by Fusion GPS after the opposition research firm was contracted by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign to produce dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Warner put out a joint statement condemning the leaks. Burr told Fox News that he was aware that Warner contacted a Russian-connected representative for Steele but was not aware of the content contained in the newly-revealed text messages.
See the texts below…
More from Fox News:
Secrecy seemed very important to Warner as the conversation with Waldman heated up March 29, when the lobbyist revealed that Steele wanted a bipartisan letter from Warner and the committee’s chairman, North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr, inviting him to talk to the Senate intelligence panel.
Throughout the text exchanges, Warner seemed particularly intent on connecting directly with Steele without anyone else on the Senate Intelligence Committee being in the loop — at least initially. In one text to the lobbyist, Warner wrote that he would “rather not have a paper trail” of his messages.
Democrat Senator Mark Warner contacted Russian officials so he could communicate with the anti-Trump dossier author, Christopher Steele.
He was in contact with a Russian who the State Department said has ties to organized crime & said he did not want to leave a "paper trail." pic.twitter.com/KvIJPzh1yh
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) February 9, 2018
President Trump has since responded, per Daily Wire:
Trump tweeted: “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.”
Warner would be in hot water with the far left mainstream media if he was a Republican. Since he’s not, the MSM figures there’s nothing to see here – despite the dossier being confirmed as bunk.
What a shame!
More from Fox News:
An aide to Warner confirmed to Fox News that the text messages are authentic. The messages, which were obtained from a Republican source, are all marked “CONFIDENTIAL” and are not classified. They were turned over to the Senate panel by Waldman last September.
Waldman, who did not return calls seeking comments, runs the Endeavor Group in Washington.
Waldman is best known for signing a $40,000 monthly retainer in 2009 and 2010 to lobby the U.S. government on behalf of controversial Russian billionaire Oleg V. Deripaska. Deripraska had his visa revoked by the State Department in 2006 because of charges, which he has denied, that he has organized crime ties.
An aide to Burr, the Republican chairman, told Fox News that Burr was aware of the “contact” Warner made with Steele’s representative but added, “I don’t believe he was aware of the content of the text messages” initially.
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]