Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Sunday called for the full release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, saying that he “wants to see all of it,” including portions on how the Obama administration conducted the investigation.
While appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Rubio — who serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence — supported the idea of releasing the full report from Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Rubio stated that he “want[ed] to see all of” the report, including the “underlying criminal predicate for the entire investigation” as well as the “FISA applications” used to launch the investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
He continued on:
“Because this is 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.”
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WATCH: In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Sen. Marco Rubio says he would like to see the Special Counsel's report in full, including the parts of the report that pre-date the Trump Administration #MTP #IfItsSunday@marcorubio: "Absolutely, I want to see all of it" pic.twitter.com/HU2vV120Hl
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The senior senator from Florida went on to say that he wanted the full report released so that “we can pass judgment about” how the Obama administration handled “at least the predicate for” the investigation.
Rubio then went on to say that he “would suspect that they are going to release the [Mueller] report to the public” but that “intelligence information” and “classified information” would be redacted. He also speculated that information “that is damaging to people that they chose not to prosecute.”
He then said:
“But that is 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.'”
Special Counsel Robert Mueller handed his report to Attorney General William Barr on Friday, with a senior Department of Justice official saying that there would be no more indictments recommended with it. Barr is expected to deliver the conclusions of the report to Congress on Sunday.