On Sunday, Sen. Mark Warner, who is the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called out President Trump for his lies surrounding the meeting between Trump Jr., top members of the Trump campaign, and the Russian attorney who promised to provide dirt on former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Warner told CNN that he doesn’t believe for one second that President Trump did not know about the meeting that took place last year.
Warner told CNN, “Whether we’ll be able to get the Russian nationals to come over and testify is an open question. Those people that our committee has jurisdiction over, the Americans, I sure as heck want to talk to them.” However, Warner is being smart about his investigation into the meeting. First, he will be collecting documents from the meeting’s participants so the committee has as much information of first so that the committee members have as much information as possible before questioning them.
Warner explained: “Clearly if we don’t have all the information. What we’ll see, and what I’m afraid of, is these individuals don’t seem to disclose everything or don’t tell the whole truth, until they have evidence put in front of them.” It’s clear that Warner has zero faith that those questioned will be totally forthcoming. What’s more, Maine Sen. Susan Collins agreed and the Republican committee member said she also wants “the Russian government or its emissaries.”
CNN reports that the June meeting involved Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, publicist Rob Goldstone, Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin and at least two other people. The meeting was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
However, Jay Sekulow, a member of the President’s legal team, is sticking to his story that Trump was unaware of the meeting, telling CNN “The President was not engaged in this, was not aware of it.” But Warner isn’t buying it. Warner said, “Frankly, it’s a little bit unbelievable that neither the son or the son-in-law ever shared that information with their dad, the candidate. We don’t know because we don’t know really what happened at the meeting. What we do know is Donald Trump Jr. did not tell the truth a variety of times.” Are you glad the Senate Intelligence Committee sees right through the dishonest administration?