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ICYMI: Rubio Joins Fox & Friends

Sep 7, 2022 | Comunicados de Prensa

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Fox & Friends to discuss new reports of the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago. See below for highlights and watch the full interview here.

 

On new reports that the FBI seized highly-sensitive documents from Mar-a-Lago:
 
“We really don’t know [what the FBI seized]. Let’s go back and understand that all of this information is coming from one side and one place, and that is sources with knowledge of the investigation. Well, who are the sources with knowledge of the investigation? The FBI and the Justice Department. And they are leaking to the media. 
 
“Generally, when there’s an investigation by the FBI or the Justice Department, they’re not even acknowledging there is an investigation, much less leaking. These people, every single day, are strategically leaking information that can’t be rebutted or in any way analyzed, for a reason. And that [reason is] politics, to influence the narrative.
 
“The whole thing about ‘only cabinet officials could know [what was in the documents],’ that’s not the way classification works. Classification is based on both the compartment, the way it’s classified, at what level, and then the need-to-know basis. 
 
“The third thing I would say is that, as a member of the Gang of Eight, which is the eight officials in Congress with insight to intelligence, we run into all kinds of things all the time. Never once were we approached and told, ‘There is this massive brewing counterintelligence threat to the United States, and we want to make you aware of it.’ 
 
“And finally, if you read the pleadings and the documents filed by the government themselves—and granted, they are heavily redacted, so not even have we seen what’s in the redaction—but what you see in there is, very early on, the government sent a letter to Trump’s lawyer saying, ‘We think you are in possession of x number of boxes.’ It didn’t say, ‘Immediately return those to us.’ It said, ‘Please store them somewhere where they’re safe behind lock and key.’ So if it was really that sort of an urgent problem, why didn’t they immediately demand their return? 
 
“Why didn’t they come to the Gang of Eight or the Intelligence Committee heads and say, ‘We’ve got this major problem on our hands.’? Instead, what we get is these constant leaks, and the only reason to leak to the media is to influence the narrative. Which tells you this is being politicized, which is doing damage to the FBI, the Justice Department, to important institutions, to our country.”
 
On why the FBI may have seized Donald Trump’s tax returns or medical records:
 
“Clearly, neither tax returns nor medical records would be relevant. 
 
“If you’re conducting a serious investigation, you don’t hear anything about these investigations. The Justice Department won’t even acknowledge that someone is under investigation or not under investigation. If someone’s being investigated, you ask the Justice Department to say it’s not true, they won’t do it. Either way, they won’t comment, especially when something involves a former president. 
 
“And yet, in this particular case, every single day someone in the Justice Department is leaking. Why would you leak? There’s only one reason to leak this stuff, and that is to create a narrative. And why do you create a narrative? For political purpose. So every single day, they are politicizing this by what they are doing, as opposed to allowing the pleadings and the case to work its way through and speak for itself.”