|69th Governor of Virginia|
From: January 12, 2002 – January 14, 2006
|U.S. Senator from Virginia|
From: January 3, 2009-present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
Warner is known to be a conservative or moderate Democrat. On crime he supports the death penalty and increasing penalties for illegal drugs. As governor he supported a line-item veto and the right to bear arms. Warner has stated that he supports "responsible" abortion.
In 2001, Warner campaigned for Governor of Virginia as a moderate Democrat and defeated Republican Mark Earley with 52% of the vote. Despite campaigning not to raise taxes, he raised the sales tax twice. He also increased cigarette taxes and vetoed a repeal of the death tax. Warner chaired the National Governors Association and the Southern Governors' Association. He was very popular as governor and helped Democrats gain seats in the state House and Senate, however, not enough to gain the majority.
- See also: Trump-Russian collusion hoax
In January 2017 Warner assumed the position of ranking Democrat of the Senate Intelligence Committee, succeeding Dianne Feinstein. As such, Warner holds a position on the Gang of Eight tasked with Congressional oversight of Executive Branch covert activities, including the Obama administration's surveillance of the Trump transition team and FISA abuse which extended well into President Trump's first year in office. A former staffer of Sen. Feinstein, Dan Jones, also left the committee at the same time as Feinstein, raised $50 million from Democratic donors, and hired FusionGPS to continue its opposition research on Donald Trump, begun by Hillary Clinton and the DNC, and used by the Obama administration to hoax the FISA court.
In March 2017 Warner began communicating with Adam Waldman as an intermediary for direct contact with Christopher Steele, author the Clinton-Steele dossier, which was used by the Obama Department of Justice to perpetrate fraud on the FISA court. Waldman is the registered agent for Russia oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a close personal confidant of Vladimir Putin. Deripaska was approached by Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok in late September 2016 and asked if he would help them by participating in the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.
Steele was under subpeaona to the House, and Warner wanted to speak with Steele privately before testifying. Steele wanted a bipartisan letter of invitation from the Senate committee first. Waldman then responds that Dan Jones is coming to see Warner, and Warner can explain why, as a committee member tasked with conducting a national security investigation, Warner feels the necessity of tampering with a subpeaoned witness before appearing to get their stories straight.
Alleged "hack" of DNC
Sen. Warner engaged with Adam Waldman over Julian Assange's attempted immunity deal with the Justice Department to testify about the source of DNC emails published by Wikileaks. Assange was willing to consider concessions, like redactions or "risk mitigation." This was viewed as a positive sign by the US intelligence community, if not as a means of neutralizing or stopping WikiLeaks, but at least controlling it.
Waldman wanted to see if the Senate Intelligence Committee wanted any contact with Assange. Assange was offering to prove that Russia was not WikiLeaks’ source of the DNC emails.
Warner then reached out to FBI Director Jimmy the Weasel Comey. Although the response to Assange's offer to help was positive among Department of Justice officials, Warner relayed Comey's response to Waldman: "stand down."
Waldman could not believe that Warner and Comey were sending a different message than the Department of Justice, so he went back to Deputy Asst. Attorney General David Laufman, who assured him the negotiations were still on. Laufman's response when he heard Waldman was told to "stand down" was, "That's B.S. You are not standing down and neither am I."
"The constructive, principled discussions with DOJ that occurred over nearly two months were complicated by the confusing 'stand down' message," Waldman said. The double dealing sowed distrust in Assange's camp. On April 7, 2017, Assange released Vault 7 with the specifics of some of the CIA malware used for cyber attacks. It had immediate impact: A furious U.S. government backed out of the negotiations, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo slammed WikiLeaks as a "hostile intelligence service."
Vault 7 included disclosure of a tool called “Marble Framework,” which enabled the CIA to hack into computers, disguise who hacked in, and falsely attribute the hack to someone else by leaving so-called tell-tale signs — like Cyrillic, for example. The CIA documents also showed that the “Marble” tool had been employed in 2016.
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, which includes among our members two former Technical Directors of the National Security Agency, has repeatedly called attention to its conclusion that the DNC emails were leaked — not “hacked” by Russia or anyone else.Journalist Ray McGovern noted the episode reveals
"a cynical decision to put U.S. intelligence agents and highly sophisticated cybertools at risk, rather than allow Assange to at least attempt to prove that Russia was not behind the DNC leak. The greater risk to Warner and Comey apparently would have been if Assange provided evidence that Russia played no role in the 2016 leaks of DNC documents."