Warner: 'Height of irresponsibility' that Congress hasn't improved election security

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerGraham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Optimism grows that infrastructure deal will get to Biden's desk MORE (Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday that Congress’s failure to improve election security ahead of 2020 is the “height of irresponsibility.”

“America was attacked by a foreign power and chances are they and others will be back,” Warner said on CBS’s “Face The Nation." “It is the height of irresponsibility that Congress has not acted.”

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Warner said Congress should back bipartisan election security legislation that ensures measures such as a paper ballot trail and add further “guardrails” to social media against election interference.

He also said that while special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE determined the contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian agents did not rise to the level of conspiracy, there should be more clear-cut definitions and standards set.

Warner said the Senate Intelligence Committee wants to see the counterintelligence evidence Mueller received as part of his investigation "to finish our job."

Warner also addressed the current Justice Department investigation into the origins of the Russia probe, saying “if the intelligence community had not acted” on available information, “it would have been irresponsible.”

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Native Americans are targets of voter suppression too MORE, he added, “has very little credibility,” calling Barr a “personal advocate for President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic On The Money: Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban | Trump attorney says he will fight release of tax returns Lack of transatlantic cooperation on trade threatens global climate change goals MORE.”

Warner said he had seen “no evidence politics played any role” in the genesis of the investigation.

“Facts will confirm what law enforcement and the intelligence community did was right,” he added.