Mark Warner

Dems Prep a Plan if Rosenstein Is Fired

“With rumors swirling that President Trump could soon fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, key Democrats this week began putting together an emergency action plan,” National Journal reports.

“Step one: Don’t call for impeachment.”

Said Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA): “The first 24 to 48 hours, if and when that happens, we should stay calm; we should do our best to reach out across the aisle and talk to our colleagues and say, ‘Seriously, we cannot allow this to happen.’ Just don’t go immediately to DEFCON-1,” said a member of Congress who attended the meeting but asked for anonymity to discuss it candidly. “We should not say anything—let the dust settle for a minute. What I took from it is it’s better to build a coalition across the aisle than just to come out guns a-blazing saying, ‘We’ve got to impeach him now.'”

Warner Says Investigation Has New Information

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) told Politico that Congress late last year received “extraordinarily important new documents” in its investigation of President Trump and his campaign’s possible collusion with the 2016 Russian election hacking, opening up significant new lines of inquiry in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s probe of the president.

Warner says “end-of-the-year document dumps” produced “very significant” revelations that “opened a lot of new questions” that Senate investigators are now looking into, meaning the inquiry into Trump and the Russia hacking—already nearly a year old—will not be finished for months longer.

Warner Says He Won’t Run for President

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) told the Wall Street Journal that he won’t run for president.

“Mr. Warner, who as Virginia’s governor in 2006 laid groundwork for a potential 2008 presidential campaign, including visits to New Hampshire, said the time for him to be a national candidate has passed and he is not considering a White House campaign in 2020.”

Said Warner: “I think that window is probably shut.”

Warner Says He’s Not Being Vetted

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)  told the Virginian-Pilot that he doesn’t expect to be vetted as Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

Said Warner: “I’m not being vetted. I don’t expect to be vetted.”

Warner did, however, say of his colleague Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA): “There’s nobody with better integrity and trustfulness… Secretary Clinton and the country would do well by him.

Warner Appointed to Senate Democratic Leadership

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) is joining the Senate Democratic leadership team, even though he voted against keeping Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) as Democratic leader, Roll Call reports.

Warner is seen as a counter-balance to liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who joined the leadership team after the midterm elections.

[speech_bubble type=”std” subtype=”a” icon=”pwdome.jpg” name=””]That this was announced on the Friday after Thanksgiving suggests no one was too interested in drawing much attention to the move. [/speech_bubble]

How Mark Warner Almost Got Beat

National Journal: “When Gillespie – previously a lobbyist, Republican National Committee chair and Bush White House aide – entered the race at the start of 2014, few observers gave him much chance to win. He was positioned to be the GOP’s sacrificial lamb, and even as the race tightened in the closing weeks, many Republicans still figured Gillespie had a better shot at the governorship in 2017 than the Senate in 2014.”

“But Gillespie sensed from the start that this year’s climate would favor Republicans, and he pounded Warner incessantly as an alleged Obama clone who voted with the president nearly all the time in the Senate. Recognizing that Warner’s stint in the governor’s mansion was still fondly remembered by most Virginians, Gillespie and his fellow Republicans claimed repeatedly that ‘Governor Warner wouldn’t recognize Senator Warner today.'”