Yesterday it came to light that Virginia Democrat Senator Mark Warner tried to get a secret meeting with dossier author Christopher Steele. He wanted to get the dirt on Trump last year and had extensive dealings with a Russian oligarch to facilitate this.
Warner is Republican Senator Richard Burr’s co chairman on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Fox’s Ed Henry reports,
Throughout the text exchanges, Warner seemed particularly intent on connecting directly with Steele without anyone else on the Senate Intelligence Committee being in the loop — at least initially. In one text to the lobbyist, Warner wrote that he would “rather not have a paper trail” of his messages.
“The conversation about Steele started on March 16, 2017, when Waldman (a lobbyists with close ties to Hillary Clinton) texted, “Chris Steele asked me to call you.”
Warner responded, “Will call tomorrow be careful.”
The records show Warner and Waldman had trouble connecting by phone. On March 20, Warner pressed Waldman by text to get him access to Steele.
“Can you talk tomorrow want to get with ur English friend,” Warner texted.
“I spoke to him yesterday,” Waldman texted.
The two men appear to have finally connected about Steele by phone on March 22, according to the records.
“Hey just tried u again gotta give a speech but really want to finish our talk,” Warner texted.
Waldman, at one point, texted back that Steele really wanted a bi-partisan letter requesting his testimony first. He added that Steele was concerned about word leaking to the media that they were talking.
In one text, Warner suggested he did not want Burr or any other senator included in the discussions: “Ok but I wud (sic) like to do prelim call u me and him no one else before letter just so we have to trail to start want to discuss scope first before letter no leaks.”
But this behavior didn’t stop Burr from coming to Warner’s defense. Nor did it stop Marco Rubio, another member of the committee.
The senators released a joint statement to Fox News stressing they are working together, while blasting the “leaks of incomplete information.”
They said the committee has been in possession of this material for several months and committee investigators have pursued all relevant investigative leads related to the material.
“From the beginning of our investigation we have taken each step in a bipartisan way, and we intend to continue to do so,” Warner and Burr said in the statement. “Leaks of incomplete information out of context by anyone, inside or outside our committee, are unacceptable.”
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., another member of the committee, tweeted Thursday night that Warner “fully disclosed this to the committee four months ago.” He added that the disclosure “has had zero impact on our work.”
With Republicans like this, who needs enemies?