‘I think it was disgraceful’: Top Senate Intel Dem calls for investigation into leaked Trump transcripts
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, is so troubled by Thursday morning’s leaked phone call transcripts between President Trump and other foreign leaders that he thinks it should be investigated.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Warner joined his Republican colleagues in his concern about the leakiness of the Trump White House.
“A president of the United States, a governor would tell us they’ve got to be able to have confidential conversations,” Warner said. “And I think it was disgraceful that those [came out].”
Despite the leaked transcripts between Trump and Mexican and Australian leaders being “reflective of a chaotic White House,” Warner nonetheless said the calls are so troubling and diverge so far from Washington norms that they deserve investigation.
“Whether that is Intel or Judicial [committees] looking into it, somebody ought to,” Warner told the Beast.
Warner appears to be the first Democrat to publicly call for leak investigations after months of the White House calling for the same, and on the heels of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement of a Justice Department probe into leaks earlier in the day.