‘Rather not leave a paper trail’: Dem senator texted with lobbyist for Russian oligarch in effort to contact Steele

Democratic Senator Mark Warner secretly exchanged multiple texts with Adam Waldman, a lobbyist for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, in a desperate attempt to contact Christopher Steele, author of the discredited “Trump dossier.”

The bombshell texts were uncovered by Fox News’ Ed Henry. Warner is the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee that is investigating the Trump campaign’s purported ties to Russia to influence the 2016 election. To date, special counsel Robert Mueller has produced no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.

Democratic Senator Mark Warner and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska

Democratic Senator Mark Warner and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. (screenshots)

In contrast, there’s a mountain of evidence that Democrats like Senator Mark Warner colluded with Russians while investigating Trump aides for alleged collusion. Warner extensively texted Waldman between February and May 2017.

“We have so much to discuss u need to be careful but we can help our country,” Warner texted lobbyist, Adam Waldman, on March 22, 2017.  Waldman — a lobbyist with ties to Hillary Clinton — replied: “I’m in.”

Mark Warner texts adam waldman

Warner then asked Waldman if he could connect him to Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the infamous “Trump dossier.”

“Can you talk tomorrow want to get with ur English friend,” Warner texted.

“I spoke to him yesterday,” Waldman replied.

Senator Mark Warner asked Adam Waldman to arrange a “private” meeting because he’d “rather not have a paper trail.”

Adam Waldman is the founder and president of the Endeavor Group, a D.C. consulting firm. In 2009 and 2010, Waldman was paid $40,000 a month to lobby the U.S. government on behalf of Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska.

Deripaska has close ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin. In 2006, Deripaska’s visa was revoked by the State Department due to his alleged ties to organized crime.

It doesn’t appear that the meeting between Senator Warner and Christopher Steele ever materialized, but the damning texts suggest he kept his contact with the lobbyist of a Russian oligarch secret from the Senate Intelligence Committee. Russian collusion anyone?

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Warner eventually disclosed these text messages to the Senate Intel Committee — months later. President Trump slammed Warner, tweeting: “Wow! -Senator Mark Warner got caught having extensive contact with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch.”

This is the latest in a series of epic blunders by Democrats and the Obama FBI and DOJ showing the investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is hollow and built on a rotten foundation of deceit and tabloid rumors.

Last week, CNN analyst Philip Mudd, a former FBI appointee under Robert Mueller, threatened President Trump during an unhinged rant on live TV.

“You’ve been around for 13 months. We’ve been around since 1908,” Mudd bellowed. “I know how this game is going to be played! We’re going to win.”

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Samantha Chang

Samantha Chang

Samantha Chang is a politics/lifestyle writer and a financial editor. She is a law school graduate and an alum of the University of Pennsylvania. You can find her on Twitter at @Samantha_Chang.
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