A wave of costly and disruptive ransomware attacks against critical industries has again underlined the vulnerabilities in our cybersecurity. The U.S. government has increasingly framed the attacks as a national and global security issue. Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty spoke with Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.) about how to respond, the latest in the bipartisan negotiations over infrastructure and President Biden’s first overseas trip.

Highlights

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.) spoke about the Justice Department launching an inspector general investigation into whether the Trump Justice Department improperly subpoenaed record, and Monday's news regarding former White House Counsel Don McGahn. “These stories sound Nixonian, but they’re almost, they’re actually worse than Nixonian, so I do hope Merrick Garland, whether it’s through an IG or other process, gets to the bottom of this and makes clear that a Biden Justice Department would not be going after journalists, not be going after political opponents. I hope this is a dark chapter that we can close. And I do hope, as others have called, that those who are responsible be held accountable." (Washington Post Live)
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says he thinks we need to have a very strong message to Russia regarding cybersecurity, adding he believes there needs to be domestic legislation to require reporting of cybersecurity incidents to the U.S. government, as well as an international set of standards. When asked if he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin would extradite accused hackers to the U.S. if America did the same, Warner said he’s somewhat suspect on whether that would happened, but added, "if we can get to some level of collaboration on an international basis on that, let's have at it." (Washington Post Live)
Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) is among the 10 Senate Democrats and Republicans who introduced an infrastructure compromise. (Washington Post Live)
Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.) says he’s been “pleasantly surprised” with how smoothly the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has been so far. But he adds that he is concerned for the future of the Afghan government. “I wish I was more optimistic about the future of the Afghan government…At some point the Afghan, Afghanis have to be willing to fight for themselves and have to be willing to have a government that has some trust with the Afghani people. I’d like to be more optimistic than I am. I worry that the Taliban had been playing the long game.” (Washington Post Live)

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)

Senator Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008. He serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the Vice Chairman. During his time in the Senate, Senator Warner has established himself as a bipartisan leader who has worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability, and promote private sector innovation and job creation. Senator Warner has been recognized as a national leader in fighting for our military men and women and veterans, and in working to find bipartisan, balanced solutions to address our country's debt and deficit.

From 2002 to 2006, he served as Governor of Virginia. When he left office in 2006, Virginia was ranked as the best state for business, the best managed state, and the best state in which to receive a public education.

The first in his family to graduate from college, Mark Warner spent 20 years as a successful technology and business leader in Virginia before entering public office. An early investor in the cellular telephone business, he co-founded the company that became Nextel and invested in hundreds of start-up technology companies that created tens of thousands of jobs.

Senator Warner and his wife Lisa Collis live in Alexandria, Virginia. They have three daughters.