Warner on Trump Jr., others testifying: “I want to hear from everyone in that meeting”

Following Donald Trump Jr.’s release of emails about a meeting between himself, Trump campaign associates and Russians, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, said Sunday that he wants to hear from “everyone in that meeting” to get their version of the story.

“I think we may find out there may have been other meetings as well. We don’t know that yet. But what we’ve seen is a constant effort to hide contacts with Russians. We’ve seen this pattern repeat itself,” Warner said on “Face the Nation.” 

Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that this is the first time the public has seen what he called “clear evidence” that there was a Russian government effort to undermine the Clinton campaign and help the Trump campaign in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

“What was remarkable was you saw not only willingness but actually glee from the president’s son as well as involvement of the campaign manager and the president’s son-in-law to say in effect, “Yes, bring it on.” Very troubling. And obviously moves our whole investigation to another level,” added Warner.

Warner added that the administration’s repeated denials over the past year over any connections to the Russian government and meddling in the 2016 election are now put in doubt as well.

Sen. Mark Warner on “Face the Nation,” July 16, 2017.

CBS News

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

The list of people in attendance at the June 2016 meeting has since grown since initial reports, and now includes at least Trump Jr., former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin and translator Anatoli Samochornov, as CBS News has reported.   

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