Warner says Senate Intel committee has made 'a number of referrals' to Mueller

Warner says Senate Intel committee has made 'a number of referrals' to Mueller
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Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate Intel leaders ask judge not to jail former aide amid leak investigation The Year Ahead: Pressure mounts on election security as 2020 approaches Hillicon Valley — Presented by AT&T — NRCC exposes security flaws 2 years after Russia hacks | Google Plus to shut down early | Scathing House report scolds Equifax for breach | McCarthy knocks Google ahead of CEO's hearing MORE (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that the committee has "made a number of referrals" to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.

“If you lie to Congress, we’re going to go after you. We’re going to make sure that gets referred. And we’ve made a number of referrals," Warner said on CBS's "Face the Nation."


Warner was responding to a question regarding last's week guilty plea from President TrumpDonald John TrumpProsecutors investigating Trump inaugural fund, pro-Trump super PAC for possible illegal foreign donations: NY Times George Conway: Why take Trump's word over prosecutors' if he 'lies about virtually everything' Federal judge says lawsuit over Trump travel ban waivers will proceed MORE's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. 

Cohen on Thursday pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about negotiations between the Trump Organization and Russia to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Cohen said in his guilty plea that those negotiations continued into Trump's campaign for the presidency in 2016 after previously telling Congress that the talks were cut off before the Iowa caucuses. 

Warner would not reveal Sunday who in particular the Senate Intelligence Committee has referred to Mueller. The committee has investigated, separate from the special counsel investigation, Russian interference in the 2016 election.

But Warner added that the committee wants to "make clear" that it's a crime to lie to Congress.

“I’m not going to go into which individuals have been referred," Warner said. "If we’ve seen something where we feel that it would be appropriate to go to the special prosecutor … we’ll make those referrals. And we want to make clear that lying to Congress is a crime.”