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Warner: Why doesn't Trump understand that it's illegal for other countries to interfere in US elections?

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDems can use subpoena power to reclaim the mantle of populism Is there a difference between good and bad online election targeting? Collusion judgment looms for key Senate panel MORE (D-Va.) said on Sunday that he doesn’t understand why President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE doesn’t realize that it’s illegal for a foreign nation to interfere in U.S. elections.

Warner during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" weighed in on a New York Times report that Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpElection Countdown: Florida Senate fight resumes after hurricane | Cruz softens ObamaCare attacks | GOP worries Trump will lose suburban women | Latest Senate polls | Rep. Dave Brat gets Trump's 'total endorsement' | Dem candidates raise record B Eric Trump: Trump Org has 'zero investments' in Russia or Saudi Arabia West Virginia sports stars back Manchin in new ad MORE met with a Gulf emissary during the 2016 campaign who offered the help of the crown princes of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to have his father win the election.

“If the Times story is true, we now have at least a second and maybe a third nation that was trying to lean into this campaign,” Warner said.

 

 

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“And I don’t understand what the president doesn’t get about the law that says if you have a foreign nation interfere in an American election, that’s illegal,” he added.

The Times reported Saturday that Trump Jr. had met with the emissary, George Nader, at Trump Tower and that Nader had offered the assistance of the other countries to help the Trump campaign.

Trump Jr.'s lawyer told the Times in a statement that “prior to the 2016 election, Donald Trump Jr. recalls a meeting with Erik Prince, George Nader and another individual who may be Joel Zamel. They pitched Mr. Trump Jr. on a social media platform or marketing strategy. He was not interested and that was the end of it.”

While he said he wasn’t sure if the Times report was completely accurate, Warner told CNN the U.S. knew that Russia had interfered in the election “to not only sow disarray but to help Trump and hurt [Hillary] Clinton.”

“And that point was reconfirmed this week on a bipartisan basis by the Senate Intelligence Committee,” he added.

Warner is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which released a report last Wednesday finding that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump.