Rubio on Warner contact with Russian lobbyist: It’s ‘had zero impact on our work’

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP looks to injure Nelson over Russia comments Rubio’s pro-family, conservative family leave policy promotes stability Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries MORE (R-Fla.) dismissed a report Thursday claiming Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenators demand answers on reported lead poisoning at Army bases Top Republican: Senate panel not ready to wrap up Russia probe The Memo: For Trump, this week has been anything but sleepy MORE (D-Va.) texted with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who promised access to Christopher Steele, the author of a controversial dossier alleging ties between President TrumpDonald John TrumpArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Alyssa Milano protests Kavanaugh in 'Handmaid's Tale' costume Bomb in deadly Yemen school bus attack was manufactured by US firm: report MORE and Russia.

Fox News reported that Warner had "extensive contact" last year with lobbyist Adam Waldman, whose firm reportedly also has ties to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Santorum: Mueller could avoid charges of McCarthyism by investigating DOJ, FBI Giuliani claims McGahn was a 'strong witness' for Trump MORE.

Warner was seeking to establish contact with Steele as part of the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia's election meddling.

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Rubio, who sits on the Intelligence panel, tweeted that Warner had disclosed the contacts to the committee last year and that they had "zero impact" on its ongoing probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

"Sen.Warner fully disclosed this to the committee four months ago.Has had zero impact on our work," Rubio tweeted.

The Florida Republican has in the past voiced support for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation into Russia's election meddling and allegations of collusion involving the Trump campaign.

In December, Rubio said he "remain[ed] convinced" that Mueller would conduct the Russia investigation in a "fair and balanced" manner.

"From his reputation and everything I know about him, I remain convinced that when this is all said and done, Mueller is going to only pursue things that are true and he will do it in a fair and balanced way," Rubio said in an interview.

"I think the best thing that can happen for the president, for the country and for everyone is that he be allowed to complete his investigation as thoroughly and as completely as possible and that we allow the facts from the investigation to lead where they may," he added.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is one of several congressional panels probing Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. Warner, the committee's top Democrat, said last month that "extraordinarily important" new documents had been obtained by the committee in its ongoing probe.

“We’ve had new information that raises more questions,” he said last month.