Sen. Warner on Sessions’ knowledge of Russian contacts: “A picture’s worth a thousand words”
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, said Sunday – in light of recent charges filed against former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos – that congressional investigators would like to hear from Attorney General Jeff Sessions again if there is any information he needs to clarify.
“Listen, I want to give the attorney general the benefit of the doubt, but a picture is worth a thousand words. information that he needs to clarify, we’d like to hear that, “Warner said Sunday on CBS News'” Face the Nation. ”
Transcript: Sen. Mark Warner on “Face the Nation”
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Court documents unsealed over the past week have renewed interest in whether Sessions misled Congress when he tested recently that neither he nor anyone else was in contact with Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential campaign, CBS News’ Jeff Pegues reported.
Last month, Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that neither he nor anyone else was in contact with Russian operatives during the election cycle.
Pegues reports the court documents unsealed this week claim Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the nature of his contacts with foreign nationals, offered to set up a meeting between then-candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Papadopoulos made the offer during the national security team meeting.
Warner now says the Senate Intelligence Committee, on which he serves as a vice chairman, still needs to ascend to Papadopoulos, as well as Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.
“There’s obviously enormous concerns as well,” said Warner.
He added that there are also “counts” of “principals” that include commissioners of President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.
“We’ve talked to a lot of the folks who were in that so-called June 9th meeting We’ve been holding off on the principals until we get all the preliminaries done,” said Warner.
He added, “There are other figures that are at the top of the list. We also want to continue to explore from a policy standpoint this whole question around social media. ”
This past week, Warner, along with his Senate and House colleagues, focused their ongoing probe on social media’s involvement in the spread of disinformation and Russian-financed ads leading up to the election. He said that representatives for those sites have taken a while longer than he would like to respond to the issue.
“The fact that for a Relatively small amount of money, $ 100,000-plus, plus a series of fake accounts, the Russians were able to contact or touch 126 million Americans with their fake sow discontent. it was before even Facebook that it’s a lot of stories there that need to continue to be unraveled, “said Warner.
He added, “You know, these are great, iconic American companies.” The Russians used it this, this past election. ”
Warner suggested that lawmakers need to take the “lightest touch possible” with regard to potential legislation in handling future missteps by social media sites and political ads.
“As a pro-tech guy, somebody who was in the tech business longer than I’ve been in politics, I think we need to take the lightest touch possible. on the internet that, that exists for ads that appear on your show I think makes sense, “the senator added.