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Sen. Warner: 'Disappointed' in CEOs for no Russia Testimony

Sen. Warner: 'Disappointed' in CEOs for no Russia Testimony
Sen. Mark Warner (Cliff Owen/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 November 2017 01:02 PM

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said he would prefer that CEOs from Facebook, Twitter, and Google speak for themselves with the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russia using those platforms to attempt interference in the 2016 election.

"I was pretty disappointed that the CEOs themselves didn't come in. I felt a number of the answers that we received from the general counsels sounded like lawyer's answers, and there's more questions I've got," Warner said Wednesday on BuzzFeed News' Twitter show "AM to DM."

"I still think that these companies that rely upon the trust of all of us that use them that we need to hear a stronger statement from the CEOs themselves that said they will work with us to make sure that we've got appropriate disclosure. We don't want to limit any speech, but we do want to make sure there's appropriate disclosure so that Americans can understand if Russians or some other foreign power are trying to interfere in our elections," Warner said in the BuzzFeed interview.

However, Warner, the top-ranking Democrat on the committee, did not say that the committee would require the CEOs — Twitter's Jack Dorsey, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, and Google's Sundar Pichai—to testify.

"We're still working through what will be our next steps. I want to see how cooperative these companies will be. It's been a slow movement," Warner said.

Warner confirmed that Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for President Donald Trump, has done an interview with the Senate committee.

"Mr. Page is, to say the least, a colorful character. He's changed his public story a number of times. I'll let his testimony stand for itself," the senator said.

The House Intelligence Committee on Monday released the transcript of its interview with Page.

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Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said he would prefer that CEOs from Facebook, Twitter, and Google speak for themselves with the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russia using those platforms to attempt interference in the 2016 election.
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