Rubio Leaps To Top Democrat's Defense Over Texts To Russian Oligarch's Lobbyist

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"We want to do this right private in London don't want to send letter yet cuz if we can't get agreement wud rather not have paper trail", the senator wrote in one of the messages to Waldman, referring to an official bipartisan letter from Warner and the committee's chairman, Richard Burr (R- North Carolina), which Steel wanted to receive before talking to the United States officials.

Senate confirms patent chief MORE (D-Va.) texted with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who promised access to Christopher Steele, the author of a controversial dossier alleging ties between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE and Russia.

Really grasping for straws, Fox News' Ed Henry tosses in the tidbit from above, "Waldman, whose firm has ties to Hillary Clinton".

Trump wasn't the only one promoting the story to undercut the Senate's Russian Federation probe.

Warner appears to have tried to keep secret his contacts with the lobbyist, saying in one text he would "rather not have a paper trail".

Sen.Warner fully disclosed this to the committee four months ago.Has had zero impact on our work.

"I'm in", Waldman texted back to Warner.

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The text messages between Senator Warner and Adam Waldman were obtained exclusively by Fox News.

Early last March, Steele's friends said publicly that he would be willing to meet with members of Congress in the UK.

Warner and Burr released a joint statement condemning "leaks of incomplete information out of context by anyone, inside or outside our committee" Thursday.

Trump and Republicans in the House have been working in recent months to discredit the Russian Federation investigations in both branches of Congress and by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Imagine if a Trump associate were discovered to have had that conversation.

An effort by to smear the top Democrat on the Senate Russia investigation, Sen.

The Fox News report revealing Warner's texts comes days after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange direct-messaged a Twitter account he believed belonged to Sean Hannity to offer "some news" about Warner. Richard Burr (R-NC) noted that the senator was aware of Warner's use of a "back channel" attempt to try to get to Steele, and he had no concerns about it.

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