Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) broke with Donald Trump, saying he sees “no evidence” to support the so-called president’s claims that the FBI used an informant to gather information on his campaign. Rubio, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the federal probe was focused on “individuals with a history of links to Russia that were concerning” and not Trump’s campaign. Trump, with zero evidence, has repeatedly claimed that his campaign was spied on.
“What I have seen is evidence that they were investigating individuals with a history of links to Russia that were concerning,” the Florida senator told ABC News “This Week” co-host Martha Raddatz on Sunday.
“As far as what I have seen to date, it appears that there was an investigation not of the campaign, but of certain individuals who have a history that we should be suspicious of, that predate the presidential campaign of 2015, 2016,” Little Marco said. “And when individuals like that are in the orbit of a major political campaign in America, the FBI, who is in charge of counter-intelligence investigations, should look at people like that.”
Rubio said that he thinks that Trump and his lawyers are “reacting … they’re responding to what, what they’re facing and the things that are happening to them.”
“If there is an FBI informant or any sort of inappropriate action that’s been taken targeting a political campaign, the president’s or any, we want to know about it and it should be punished,” he added.
As Pres. Trump pushes the unproven claim of an FBI spy in his campaign, Sen. @MarcoRubio says “It appears that there was an investigation, not of the campaign, but of certain individuals who have a history that we should be suspicious of that predate the presidential campaign.” pic.twitter.com/1wNdq1R0zj
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 27, 2018
Trump, a conspiracy theorist, is really trying to make ‘spygate’ a thing.
On Saturday, Trump asked “why didn’t the crooked highest levels of the FBI or “Justice” contact me to tell me of the phony Russia problem?”
With Spies, or “Informants” as the Democrats like to call them because it sounds less sinister (but it’s not), all over my campaign, even from a very early date, why didn’t the crooked highest levels of the FBI or “Justice” contact me to tell me of the phony Russia problem?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018
Trump was warned by the FBI in 2016 that Russia would probably spy on and infiltrate his campaign. He has to remember that.
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