Warner: I Want Everyone Involved in Trump Jr. Meeting With Russian Lawyer to Testify


Sen. Mark Warner (D., VA.) said everyone in Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya should testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and that he expects news of other meetings to come out.

Warner, like almost all of his Democratic counterparts, is focused on the news that Trump Jr. and White House adviser Jared Kushner met with the Russian lawyer for information about Hillary Clinton. President Donald Trump maintains that the story is a witch hunt, but Trump Jr.'s emails specifically naming the Russian government have breathed new life into the investigation into whether the Trump campaigned colluded with Russia.

"I want to hear from everyone in that meeting, and get their version of the story," Warner said. "We may find out that there may have been other meetings as well. We don't know that yet."

Host John Dickerson asked if Warner, the top Democrat on the committee, had knowledge of other meetings, and he said it was just an assumption.

"I don't want to break news. That is my extrapolation," Warner said. "What we have is that this group of individuals are not forthcoming about their meetings with Russians until they have proof, then they have to recant or amend their forms. We now have Jared Kushner having to have three separate times where he forgot, conveniently forgot, about meetings with Russians."

Warner said this was part of a pattern that makes him think that more evidence of collusion may come out.

"What we have seen is a constant effort to hide contacts with Russians, we have seen this pattern repeat itself, we saw General [Michael] Flynn lie about meetings and get fired," he added. "We saw the attorney general not disclose meetings and have to recuse himself."

"Clearly this administration has not been forthcoming about what they know and when they knew it, in terms of Russian involvement in the elections," he said.

Warner said he was confident that the committee would agree to talk to all these people of interest. He also said that Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.), chairman of the committee, is working with him in a bipartisan fashion, along with several others of both parties.

Paul Crookston

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Paul Crookston is a media analyst with the Washington Free Beacon. He was previously a Collegiate Network fellow at National Review. A 2016 graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., he served as the managing editor of the Tartan campus newspaper. He is originally from Tampa, Fla., but he still roots for Dad’s Ohio teams. His Twitter handle is @P_Crookston. He can be reached at crookston@freebeacon.com.

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