Top Dem's Secret Communication With Russian Oligarch Exposed

Frederick Owens
February 10, 2018

Remember the Nunes memo that was supposed to reveal bias against Trump so extreme it would be "worse than Watergate" yet turned out to be a nothingburger?

Warner traded instant messages with Waldman, who filled in as a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch, about reaching Steele, as indicated by the Fox News report.

Before retaining the Endeavor Group, Deripaska had "employed beltway lobbyists close to John McCain, including his former campaign manager Rick Davis", according to a 2009 article in Harper's.

Trump's decision to reference Deripaska, albeit without using his name, was somewhat curious.

Trump argued Steele's dossier, which was funded in part by Hillary Clinton's campaign, was the main piece of information used to gain a warrant to spy on one of his former campaign officials, Carter Page, who was long-suspected of being a Russian intelligence asset.

The entire correspondence between Warner and Waldman is available below.

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"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". Republicans on the panel defended Warner, saying they knew of the contact with Waldman.

And "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'". Marco Rubio (R-FL) explained on Twitter Thursday, "Sen".

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The text message logs of the senator's communication to the lobbyist were quietly provided to the Senate Intelligence Committee after Warner and Burr signed a joint request for them in June 2017.

"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.

"I'm in", Waldman, whose firm has ties to Hillary Clinton, texted back to Warner. The two then privately informed other committee members about the messages in a meeting in October, Fox News reports. Warner, the committee's top Democrat, said last month that "extraordinarily important" new documents had been obtained by the committee in its ongoing probe. The author of the story, Ed Henry, told the Daily Beast he had not communicated with WikiLeaks or Hannity about the Warner story.

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