Virginia Senator Mark Warner signaled that new inquiries into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica will be the next focus of resistance for anti-Trump members on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The ranking Intelligence member told CBS’ Margaret Brennan Sunday that Facebook is included in the “next wave of technology” that could pose a threat to future elections.
“We have to get our arms around this, and I think Mr. Zuckerberg needs to come and testify before Congress, not just put an advertisement in a newspaper. He said he would if he was the right guy. He is the right guy,” Warner explained. “He needs to come testify before Congress and explain how they’re going to work with us to both protect privacy… and how we’re going to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
“I would like to,” he added when Brennan asked if he intends to interview former Trump adviser and Cambridge Analytica board member Steve Bannon on the issue. “I would love to have that kind of interview with Steve Bannon. We hope to, yes we do.”
“There’s something a little fishy about this firm,” Warner continued. “We now know that the CEO reached out to Julian Assange, the famous WikiLeaks leader about hacked emails. We know this company worked with, reported to work with a Russian oil company who was looking at election data in America.
“The big question is, Cambridge Analytica, who bragged about how much they helped the Trump campaign micro-target – were they just helping the Trump campaign or were they utilizing some of the Russian misinformation and disinformation. There are legitimate questions that need to be answered.”
He closed by calling the Facebook questions reasons for why the Senate Intelligence probes “needs to continue and the Mueller investigation needs to continue.”