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Rubio wants focus of probe turned to Russian interference



WASHINGTON – Saying “we spend a lot of time investigating Americans these days,” Sen. Marco Rubio wants to "pivot" to investigating Russian interference.

“My hope is that we can get back to investigating Russians. We spend a lot of time investigating Americans these days,” Rubio said this morning in a live Facebook video that began with words of sympathy for victims in today's shooting.

"If there is any evidence of wrongdoing now or in the future by any Americans as part of this effort, we need to know about that, and we’re going to know about that," Rubio said. "But we also can’t lose focus on the fact that this is an investigation on Russian interference and they are going to do it again and we need to begin to pivot to focus on that. We can’t let that slip."

Rubio also said he thought Attorney General Jeff Sessions answered questions thoroughly and said it’s “not unprecedented” for someone in that position to withhold contents of private conversations with the president.

“There is a separation of powers in this county and while we have oversight over the executive branch, they are allowed some independence, as we are from them. We wouldn’t tolerate the White House coming into my office and asking me (about) every conversation I have with my chief of staff.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 11:53am]


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