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Sen. Mark Warner: Trump Should Be 'Much More Collaborative' on Russia Probe

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By    |   Tuesday, 19 December 2017 02:05 PM

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said he feels that President Donald Trump should be more helpful in the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to an interview that aired Tuesday on CNBC.

"I do know that the president who has been obsessed about this investigation, the president who continues to call it fake news, even though every one of his intelligence officials acknowledges this," Warner told CNBC's John Harwood.

"If there is no 'there' there, then he ought to be much more collaborative in trying to get this investigation behind him," Warner said.

"The whole leadership of the FBI and this investigation are all people with impeccable Republican credentials," Warner continued, "yet this president is still disdainful of all of them. I think that any American, even somebody like myself who want to give him the benefit of the doubt, wll says this seems a little weird, this is a little screwy.

"I'm not going to jump to any of those final conclusions until we go through this whole process," Warner said in the interview.

"We do know that there's never been a campaign in modern American history that has had this much contact with a foreign power both before the election and in the immediate aftermath. We do know the Russians were proffering, you know, dirt on (Hillary) Clinton."

The senator said that he was "absolutely amazed" at the amount and frequency of contacts with Russia. However, he said he would reserve judgment as the work in the probe continues.

"What exactly was the reaction from the Trump campaign and Trump campaign officials? I'm still reserving judgment until we see all of the principal figures in front of the committee members themselves," Warner told CNBC. 

"I'm not going to put my name on a report when I have not had a chance to look these individuals in the eye," he added. 

Warner said that if the president fires special counsel Robert Mueller, it would be "political disaster for the president," according to a tweet from Harwood.

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Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said he feels that President Donald Trump should be more helpful in the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to an interview that aired Tuesday on CNBC.
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