Virginia Senator Mark Warner let it slip that the Russia probe is dying in the wake of Facebook and data company Cambridge Analytica, saying they will be the next focus for the seemingly anti-Trump members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“We have to get our arms around this, and I think Mr. Zuckerberg needs to come and testify before Congress, not just put an advertisement in a newspaper. He said he would if he was the right guy. He is the right guy,” Warner explained. “He needs to come testify before Congress and explain how they’re going to work with us to both protect privacy… and how we’re going to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
“I would like to,” he added when Brennan asked if he intends to interview former Trump adviser and Cambridge Analytica board member Steve Bannon on the issue. “I would love to have that kind of interview with Steve Bannon. We hope to, yes we do.”
“There’s something a little fishy about this firm,” Warner continued. “We now know that the CEO reached out to Julian Assange, the famous Wikileaks leader about hacked e-mails. We know this company worked with, reported to work with a Russian oil company who was looking at election data in America.
“The big question is, Cambridge Analytica, who bragged about how much they helped the Trump campaign micro-target – were they just helping the Trump campaign or were they utilizing some of the Russian misinformation and disinformation. There are legitimate questions that need to be answered.”
Mark Robert Warner (born December 15, 1954) is an American businessman and politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Virginia, a seat he was first elected to in 2008. He is a member of the Democratic Party and currently a Vice Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus and the Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Prior to his congressional career, Warner was the 69th Governor of Virginia holding the office from 2002 to 2006, and is the honorary chairman of the Forward Together PAC. Warner delivered the keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Apart from politics, Warner is also known for his involvement in telecommunications-related venture capital during the 1980s; he founded the firm Columbia Capital.