Advertisement
  1. Florida Politics

Sen. Marco Rubio poised to play role in investigation into Russian hacking

Sen. Marco Rubio is on the Intelligence Committee, which could lead the investigation.
Published Dec. 13, 2016

WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio is poised to play a role in an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the election.

Rubio is a member of the Intelligence Committee that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday said he wants to take the lead on the inquiry, which is gaining steam among Republicans and Democrats while President-elect Donald Trump lashes out at suggestions he got an assist from suspected Russian hacking.

"The Russians are not our friends," McConnell said.

A Rubio spokesman said, "Sen. Rubio believes the committees on intelligence, foreign relations and homeland security, among others, should handle this oversight duty. He supports doing so as a member of the intelligence and foreign relations committees."

When stolen Democratic emails were released during the election, the Florida Republican refused to comment and said Republicans could one day be targets.

"I want to warn my fellow Republicans who may want to capitalize politically on these leaks. Today it is the Democrats. Tomorrow it could be us," Rubio said in October. "As our intelligence agencies have said, these leaks are an effort by a foreign government to interfere with our electoral process and I will not indulge it."

Some news reports, citing unnamed intelligence officials, say GOP accounts were also breached but the material was not made public like the embarrassing Democratic emails. Rubio's name came up in some DNC emails, mostly confirming how Democrats saw the rhetorically gifted, Hispanic lawmaker as a threat to Hillary Clinton.

On Sunday, Rubio criticized Trump's reported pick for secretary of state, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, citing his coziness with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Being a 'friend of Vladimir' is not an attribute I am hoping for from a #SecretaryOfState," Rubio wrote on Twitter. He sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, which would get an early crack at a Tillerson nomination, though Trump implied he could change his mind.

"Whether I choose him or not for 'State'- Rex Tillerson, the Chairman & CEO of ExxonMobil, is a world class player and dealmaker. Stay tuned!" Trump wrote Sunday on Twitter.

On Monday, the president-elect again dismissed signs of Russian involvement in the election. "Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!"

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns in Miami while visiting Ball & Chain in Little Havana for a meet-and-greet with Hispanic voters on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. [CARL JUSTE CJUSTE | Miami Herald]
    While candidates vie for votes in Iowa, New Hampshire and other early primary states, the struggle in Florida six months from the primary election is about big money.
  2. A view of the I-275 northbound Sunpass lane at the Skyway Bridge. VRAGOVIC, WILL  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The lost money is from unpaid tolls stemming from problems with the vendor Conduent State & Local Solutions.
  3. Mark. S, Inch, Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, at the State Capitol, May, 1, 2019. SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Mark Inch said the root of the problem lies with low salaries and long shifts for prison guards.
  4. Female driver texting on mobile phone while driving. STAR TRIBUNE  |  baona/Star Tribune/TNS
    Police are choosing to issue warnings instead of tickets — so far.
  5. Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, speaks to delegates during the 2019 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) JESSICA HILL  |  AP
    Kimberly Diaz Scott was the Central Florida regional director for Charlie Crist’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign when he ran as a Democrat against Rick Scott.
  6. In this July 22, 2008, photo, traffic passes in front of the New York Times building in New York. MARK LENNIHAN  |  AP
    The allegation stems from their reporting on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
  7. Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. talk during a break Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) DAVID J. PHILLIP  |  AP
    34 percent of Floridians picked the former vice president. Background checks for gun sales saw overwhelming support.
  8. State Rep. Chris Sprowls, 35, addresses the Florida House of Representatives, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla., after the Republican was elected to lead the 120-member chamber. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan) BOBBY CAINA CALVAN  |  AP
    The Pinellas Republican did not shy away from the wedge issues of the day, wading into 2020 presidential politics, abortion and climate change.
  9. The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County identified a positive case of hepatitis A in a food service worker at Hamburger Mary's in Ybor City on Oct. 22, 2018. [JOSH FIALLO | Times] JOSH FIALLO | TIMES  |  JOSH FIALLO | Times
    Slightly more than 200,000 people have been vaccinated this year — a huge jump from the 49,324 people vaccinated in all of 2018.
  10. This satellite image shows Hurricane Michael on Oct. 9, 2018, as it enters the Gulf of Mexico. It made landfall near Mexico Beach in the Panhandle as a Category 5 storm. [Photo courtesy of NOAA] NOAA
    Nearly a year after the storm, 18,000 claims are still open.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement