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VIDEO: On Meet the Press, Rubio Discusses End of Mueller Investigation into Russian Interference in our Elections

Mar 24, 2019 | Press Releases

Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press this morning to discuss the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in our elections.
VIDEO: On Meet the Press, Rubio discusses the end of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in our elections.
Rubio: “I want to see all of it. What was the underlying criminal predicate for the entire investigation? Let’s see the FISA applications, because this was an extraordinary use of government surveillance power and we have legal reasons why you might be able to use it, but show us what those were. What was the underlying predicate for those FISA applications? Let’s see all of that, let’s put all of that out there as well so we can pass judgment about how the investigation was conducted, or at least the predicate for the investigation was conducted during the Obama years.

“[P]rosecution, and everything that has to do with prosecution and counterintelligence, that’s an executive function. And so frankly, the President does have the power to fire the prosecutor, and does have the power to prejudice an investigation if they so choose. And there’s a remedy for that. Number one, the President is politically accountable and second of all, the President, if they’ve done things or abused power, they can be impeached. If the House wants to make that argument, then they can. That hasn’t happened yet. But I think that’s separate from the Mueller report and separate from what’s going to be released to the public. I would suspect that at the end of the day, they are going to release the report, they’re going to redact intelligence information or classified information, and they are not going to put things in there about people, that is damaging to people that chose not to prosecute. But that’s not unique to the President, that is the way the Justice Department handles every case. They don’t go out there and smear people and then say ‘but we chose not to prosecute them anyway.’

“There are things like internal deliberations inside of the administration that you don’t want out there because then it gets difficult for the President to talk to people. But I would certainly ask the President to lean towards transparency because I’ve been very clear from the very beginning, I wanted the Mueller probe, I wanted it to be conducted without any interference, because I believed, and I said this, you can go back to the tape and find me saying this now for two years, that when it was all said and done the best thing for the country and for the President is for this probe to move forward and to be concluded. And that’s what’s happened now. And so we want to learn as much as we possibly can that’s allowed and permissible under Justice Department policy and, of course, the law of the country.

“Let me just just say this about North Korea and the President’s engagement in it. I would love for Kim Jong-un to give up his weapons and everything else. I would. And I don’t criticize the President for trying, I just never believed he [Kim] would, I don’t believe he ever will. This is a young dictator who has to figure out how to hold on to power. So I’m not skeptical because I want it to fail, I’m skeptical because I believe it will fail.”