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 TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE took to Twitter on Thursday night to tout a Fox News report that Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerKey House Dem's objections stall intel bill as deadline looms Russia docs order sets Trump on collision with intel community Hillicon Valley: North Korean IT firm hit with sanctions | Zuckerberg says Facebook better prepared for midterms | Big win for privacy advocates in Europe | Bezos launches B fund to help children, homeless 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 ClintonGraham: There's a 'bureaucratic coup' taking place against Trump Fox News poll shows Dems with edge ahead of midterms Poll: Democrats in position to retake the House 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 RubioNikki Haley: New York Times ‘knew the facts’ about curtains and still released story March For Our Lives founder leaves group, says he regrets trying to 'embarrass' Rubio Rubio unloads on Turkish chef for 'feasting' Venezuela's Maduro: 'I got pissed' 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.