Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio called reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had contacts with Russia’s ambassador during the 2016 presidential campaign a “relevant story” and “concerning” and said he wants to learn more about it.
In an interview this morning with National Public Radio’s Steve Inskeep, Rubio says he hopes to talk to Sessions personally about the issue.
“I need to learn more about it beyond the media reports. I’d like to talk to the attorney general personally, and I’m going to try to do that in the next couple days…This is certainly a relevant story. I want to learn more about it and I want to hear from him directly,” Rubio said in the interview.
Rubio, who has criticized President Donald Trump for being too soft on the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Rubio said an independent counsel may be needed to look into the matter.
It’s not unusual for foreign ambassadors to cultivate relationships with political figures, Rubio said, but “the problem is that this regards Russia and it regards their potential interference — or what I believe is their actual interference — in our election process. So it is concerning. But I want to make sure we’re fair about this but also that we’re clear, that we are transparent. The American people deserve to know everything.”