A top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee says he has serious concerns about the dossier, which was circulated by President Donald Trump and shared with his associates during the 2016 election.
In an interview with ABC News, Sen. Mark Warner Mark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: Rosenstein drama dominates the day | Biz, regulators focus on 5G revolution | New privacy rules expected in US | New cyber vulnerabilities spotted in Russia | CIS chief to testify on Capitol Hill MORE (D-Va.) said he is concerned about the allegations contained in the dossier and the information that it provides.
“I’ve got serious concerns.
I think it’s fake news.
It’s just another attempt by the Russians to try to discredit the president of the United States,” Warner said.”
If the Russians were to get their hands on that dossier, that’s what they would use.
They would use that dossier to try and discredit the President.
That is absolutely, 100 percent the case.”
The dossier is the result of an intelligence assessment that was compiled in early 2017 by former British intelligence officers.
It was compiled based on a review of Russian intelligence and a review by the FBI of intercepted communications between Russian operatives.
The dossier, according to its authors, was based on “leaked and unverified information” and that it “contains salacious information about the President.”
In its initial draft, the dossier was presented to then-President Donald Trump Donald John TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive ‘con game’ with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign MORE and then-Vice President Mike Pence Michael (Mike) Richard PenceTurkey-Russia Idlib agreement: A lesson for the US Nikki HaleyTrump, Pence ‘meet the Press’ briefing on Kavanaugh’s condition Trump orders new FBI investigation into Kavanaugh MORE, but they declined to sign off on the document.
The report is the latest salvo in an escalating feud between the Trump administration and the intelligence community over Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and its role in the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Moscow.
Trump has accused former President Obama Barack Hussein ObamaJudge denies bid to move lawsuit over Trump national monument rollbacks to Utah Tomi Lahren to former first lady: ‘Sit down, Michelle’ The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Trump questions Kavanaugh accuser’s account | Accuser may testify Thursday | Latest on Kavanaugh nomination | Kavanaugh hearing opens in earnest MORE and Democrats of leaking the document to the media.
Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have also called on the president to explain his role in its creation.
The Trump administration has not responded to a request for comment.
The Senate Intelligence committee released a summary of its findings on the dossier earlier this week, but has yet to release a full transcript.
It was unclear whether the full report would be released by Thursday or if Warner and other Democrats would hold hearings on the contents of the report.
Warner told ABC News that he is working on a plan to release the full document.