The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee leading the Russia investigation has been caught communicating privately with a Russian lobbyist last year as he attempted on numerous occasions to speak with former British spy Christopher Steele.

Immediately after the report from Fox News was published on Thursday night, the left-wing group Media Matters immediately began a smear and misinformation campaign to refute the explosive report.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA, spoke extensively last year about setting up a secret meeting with Steele and not leaving a “paper trail” so their meeting would be off the books.

Warner spoke via text message with Adam Waldman, a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who was offering the top Democrat secret access to Steele.

Steele was hired by Fusion GPS to compile the anti-Trump dossier, which was given nearly $10 million by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Fox News reports:

Secrecy seemed very important to Warner as the conversation with Waldman heated up March 29, when the lobbyist revealed that Steele wanted a bipartisan letter from Warner and the committee’s chairman, North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr, inviting him to talk to the Senate intelligence panel.

Throughout the text exchanges, Warner seemed particularly intent on connecting directly with Steele without anyone else on the Senate Intelligence Committee being in the loop — at least initially. In one text to the lobbyist, Warner wrote that he would “rather not have a paper trail” of his messages.

Waldman, who leads the Endeavor Group in Washington D.C., is very close with Hillary Clinton and is “best known for signing a $40,000 monthly retainer in 2009 and 2010 to lobby the U.S. government on behalf of controversial Russian billionaire Oleg V. Deripaska. Deripraska had his visa revoked by the State Department in 2006 because of charges, which he has denied, that he has organized crime ties.”

Warner was aware that his secret messages and pleas to meet with Steele raised incredibly serious questions about collusion given he texted about not wanting to leave a “paper trail” for others to learn about his actions.

But Media Matters believes this is a Fox News-type conspiracy theory, and MMFA Senior Researcher Andrew Lawrence claimed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — who he says is a Russian puppet — tried giving that information to Sean Hannity awhile back.

Lawrence said Fox is involved in a Russia conspiracy theory, yet fails to even acknowledge the severity of Warner’s texts and secret actions to collude with Russia to meet Steele.

The Media Matters official Twitter handle immediately began disseminating reports from left-wing outlets claiming Fox and Hannity were working with Russia to refute the Warner report.

MMFA writer Nick Fernandez followed suit, blamed Russia.

So the top Democrat investigating alleged collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia during the 2016 presidential election was caught colluding behind the scenes with a Russian lobbyist to secure a secret meeting with Steele.

We cannot allow the liberal media and MMFA to lead a massive misinformation campaign to hide this bombshell report.

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