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Sen. Rubio Says FBI Was Spying on Individuals, Not a Campaign

(ABC News' "This Week")

By    |   Sunday, 27 May 2018 03:43 PM

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Sunday defended the FBI's investigation of "certain individuals . . . in the orbit" of the Trump campaign who had a history of links to Russia.

In an interview on ABC News' "This Week," Rubio argued it did not appear the FBI was investigating the campaign itself.

The remarks begin at the 7:26-minute mark.

"As far as what I have seen to date, it appears that there was an investigation not of the campaign but of certain individuals who have a history that we should be suspicious of that predate the presidential campaign of 2015, 2016," Rubio said.

"When individuals like that are in the orbit of a major political campaign in America, the FBI, who is in charge of counterintelligence investigations, should look at people like that," he added. "But they're not investigating the campaign, they're investigating those people."

Rubio made the remarks in response to Trump's argument the FBI improperly spied on his presidential campaign through the use of the informant.

It is not clear whether the FBI paid its informant.

Rubio did not give a direct answer to questions on ABC about whether Trump's claims were wrong.

"I have no evidence that those people were part of an investigation on the campaign," he said.

"If that exists, I would want to know about it, we should all know about and that would be wrong and we should do something about it," he said.

"But up to now, what I have seen is evidence that they were investigating individuals with a history of links to Russia that were concerning."

In a separate interview on CBS News' "Face the Nation" also said he has seen no evidence of a spy in Trump's campaign. The remarks begin at the 6:41-minute mark.

"I haven't seen any yet but maybe there is, and if it's there, we'll find it and we want to know about it," he said.

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., argued it did not appear the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign as much as the individuals "in the orbit" of it, he told ABC News' "This Week."
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