The Senate Intelligence Committee received a number of “extraordinarily important new documents” late last year that could further expand the investigation into alleged collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia and keep the probe going for much longer, according to its ranking Democrat.
According to an interview with Politico released Monday morning, Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner, who also serves as the Senate Intelligence Committee’s vice chairman, said the panel obtained “new information that raises more questions” and claimed “Trump zealots” and the president were conducting a “coordinated” effort to undermine the many probes involving the Republican commander-in-chief.
“We’ve had new information that raises more questions,” Warner said.
The second-term senator and former technology entrepreneur did not elaborate on what the committee has learned or what the new documents might explain, but he did back up special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
The special counsel’s office has come under attack from many sides and the president even considered firing Mueller in June but did not go through with the dismissal after White House General Counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign.
“Mueller is getting closer and closer to the truth,” Warner told Politico, and continued, “closer and closer to the truth is getting closer and closer to the president.”
Another offensive against investigations of Trump’s former campaign involved Republican Representative Devin Nunes and his reported memo that detailed alleged bias by the FBI and Department of Justice against Trump.
The Washington Post reported Saturday that the memo reportedly contains some classified materials and details the reasons behind why the FBI started its investigation into Trump and Russia, and says the president wanted it to be released to the public.
Ultimately, Congress decides if the memo is released though Trump told White House Chief of Staff John Kelly his desire to have it made public and that desire was relayed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Warner dismissed Nunes’ memo as based on “fabrications” and “connecting dots that don’t connect.”