Marco Rubio comes to defense of Dem who texted with Russian-connected lobbyist for dirt on Trump

Marco Rubio again leaves conservatives wondering whose side he’s on.

The Florida Republican on Thursday tweeted out support for Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), who was discovered to have had text conversations with a lobbyist with ties to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, an ally of Vladimir Putin.

“Sen. Warner fully disclosed this to the committee four months ago, Rubio wrote. “Has had zero impact on our work.”

Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller responded to Rubio’s tweet, reminding the senator that Warner waited 7 months before handing the Intelligence Committee the texts in September.

According to a Fox News report, Warner wanted lobbyist Adam Waldman to arrange a meeting with Christopher Steele, author of the dossier alleging ties between President Trump and the Russian government.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA). (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin).

One of Waldman’s most prominent clients is Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian billionaire described as having a “tight” relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In one text, Warner, the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told Waldman he wanted to avoid leaving a “paper trail” of any meeting with Steele.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Russian metals magnate Oleg Deripaska. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP).

“We want to do this right private in London don’t want to send letter yet cuz if we can’t get agreement wud rather not have paper trail,” the senator wrote in March 2o17.

The entire correspondence between Warner and Waldman is available below.

Imagine if a Trump associate were discovered to have had that conversation.

Many Twitter users blasted Rubio for his defense of Warner.


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