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Rubio: WH Leakers Should Contact Authorities, Not Press

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By    |   Tuesday, 23 May 2017 11:43 AM

The constant leaks coming from the White House could prove dangerous to national security, and insiders who believe they have information that is damaging to the country should call the proper authorities first rather than alerting the press, Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday.

"There are independent individuals within the CIA and other intelligence agencies where you can go," the Florida Republican told CNN's "New Day" program.

"I have no doubt this is having an impact on our ability to conduct national security operations because of the growing level of mistrust that must exist when you are in a room and you don't know where these notes or where these comments are going to wind up in the newspaper in 48 hours."

Rubio said he is not asking people not to talk to the press, as he does think the media has an important role to play, but at the same time, he believes "everyone is looking over their shoulders and wondering who is doing this."

The latest news involves claims that Trump pressed not only former FBI Director James Comey to publicly state he saw no collusion between the president's campaign and Russia, but also the directors of the National Security Agency and the National Intelligence to do the same, noted CNN, but Rubio said that news has not been confirmed.

"I'm not disputing that it did," Rubio said, and as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he thinks it goes further than just the focus on the Russia-Trump investigation.

"I think it goes into the nature of the work and the executive branch," said Rubio.

The Intelligence Committee will be asking if the push happened, and if it had an impact on the intelligence community, and he does understand the public wants to know the answers, said Rubio, but beyond that, he did not want to offer his opinion because he does not know all the facts behind the claims.

"For me, someone that's sitting on the intelligence committee, it is important to not go in and make a public pronouncement," said Rubio. "That's what got Chairman [Devin] Nunes in trouble. But in my mind, our job and that's why most of the members of the intelligence committee are so cautious about what that they say, it is not we're trying to evade it, it's we don't want there to be any doubt we took our work seriously, that we didn't go in with any preconceived notions, but that we looked at the facts and reported them as facts."

Meanwhile, Rubio said that Trump is not a politician and is "not operating by the conventional rules that presidents have up to this point," but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

However, he does think that the White House has to "get a bit more conventional, and that includes the president."

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The constant leaks coming from the White House could prove dangerous to national security, and insiders who believe they have information that is damaging to the country should call the proper authorities first rather than alerting the press, Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday.
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