Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) is urging further investigation of the Trump Administration’s ties to Russian influence-seeking during the 2016 election. Warner, who serves as Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, said the Senate will find out what happened in what he called “an unprecedented attack by a foreign adversary.”
“I have been in public life a long time. There is nothing I have done in my life in public that is as important as trying to get this investigation done right and bipartisan and get the facts out to the American people,” Warner said during an interview on Face the Nation on March 5.
The administration has faced growing scrutiny for potential collaboration with the Russians in efforts to aid Trump campaign. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn previously resigned for lying to top Trump officials about his conversations with Russian government figures, and last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigation into Russian influence after it was reveled he had misled Senators during his confirmation hearing about his conversations with top Russian officials.
Going forward, Warner said he and his staff will continue investigations in person at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, where he will have “unprecedented” access to all top intelligence information available. He also said the investigation has received support from Republican members of the committee as well, including Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Roy Blunt (R- Missouri).
“We are at the beginnings of this and we will get the information we need to get to the bottom of this,” Warner said.
The former governor of Virginia has joined most other Senate Democrats in criticism of the president from issues including his support for repeal of the Affordable Care Act to efforts to impose a travel ban temporarily banning travel from seven predominately Muslim countries. Like most of his Democrat colleagues, Warner opposed the majority of Trump’s cabinet appointees, but was one of only three members of his party to vote to approve Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
In the interview, Warner continued criticism toward Trump, refuting his unsubstantiated tweets that former President Barack Obama had wiretapped his 2016 campaign.
“…I thought the President’s comments could no longer surprise me, but, boy, this one yesterday surprised me to make that type of claim without any evidence is, I think, very reckless,” Warner said.