The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee has commented that not a week goes by without fresh information on the Russia probe – despite the president’s protestations there is nothing there.
Commenting on the investigation into Russia’s alleged attempt to influence the outcome of the U.S. election, Senator Mark Warner told CNN’s State of the Union that evidence on contact between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign team continued to surface.
“This president has been obsessed with this investigation, always saying, 'there is nothing there,'" Warner said on Sunday morning.
"But each week another shoe drops where we see more evidence of continuing outreach from Russians and some response from the Trump campaign and Trump individuals," he added.
Warner’s comments came several days after Trump’s former national security adviser Mike Flynn was indicted for lying to the FBI over his contact with Russia’s ambassador, Sergei Kislyak.
Commenting on Flynn’s indictment, the president said on Saturday: “What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion.”
"There’s been absolutely no collusion, so we’re very happy,” he added, also tweeting about the indictment on Saturday in a message in which he stated he had fired Flynn “because he lied to the vice president and the FBI.”
I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017
In his Sunday interview, Warner suggested the president was distancing himself from anyone who fell into problems over the Russia probe and predicted there would be “more to come” from the investigation.
"The President is somehow saying he fired Flynn because he knew Flynn was lying to (Vice President Mike) Pence," the Virginia Democrat told CNN host Jake Tapper. "Well if he knew that then, why didn't he act on it earlier?"
“Clearly, Gen. Flynn and his son were in a great deal of legal jeopardy,” he continued.
“The fact that Gen. Flynn was only charged with one account, a major account, lying to the FBI, I believe means that there are many more stories that Gen. Flynn will have to tell about his time during the campaign and during the transition. So I think there's more to come and what we see here is this president, whenever any of his close associates falls into problems, he tries to disassociate," he added.
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