Trump touts report Warner attempted to talk to dossier author

Trump touts report Warner attempted to talk to dossier author
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE took to Twitter on Thursday night to tout a Fox News report that Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerCongress eyes killing controversial surveillance program This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms MORE (D-Va.) attempted to make contact with the author of the controversial 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.”

Fox News reported earlier in the evening that Warner had "extensive contact" last year with lobbyist Adam Waldman, whose firm reportedly also has ties to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial MORE.

Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, was seeking to establish contact with the author of the dossier, Christopher Steeler, as part of the Senate panel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Warner exchanged text messages with Waldman, who worked as a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch, about making contact with Steele, according to the Fox News report.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Energy: Critics pile on Trump plan to roll back major environmental law | Pick for Interior No. 2 official confirmed | JPMorgan Chase to stop loans for fossil fuel drilling in the Arctic MacGregor confirmed as Interior deputy chief GOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman MORE (R-Fla.), who also sits on the Intelligence Committee, dismissed the report in a tweet Thursday, noting that Warner “fully disclosed” the contacts to the committee and saying they had “zero impact” on the committee’s investigation. 

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 in January 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.