Marco Rubio is still downplaying the reason the FBI searched Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago last months, and claims the federal government is leaking details of the former President’s case
In comments Sunday to NBC 6, Rubio dismissed the issue with Trump as little more than a “storage argument” about documents with the FBI.
“This is really at its core a storage argument that they’re making. They’re arguing there are documents there, they don’t deny that he should have access to those documents…. I don’t think a fight over storage of documents is worthy of what they’ve done, which is full scale raid and then these constant leaks. That’s the second problem. It’s the PR behind all this,” the Senator said.
Rubio also contended that the Justice Department is spilling details of the investigation for its own benefit.
“”There’s no doubt (the leaks are) from the Justice Department. The articles say, ‘Officials in the Justice Department are saying this and that.’ Generally when the federal government is investigating someone they won’t even acknowledge it’s there is an investigation. They won’t even talk about it. They’re actually leaking information that may or may not be true, they’re putting out pictures, making it look like there are all these papers thrown around, classified information,” Rubio contended.
Rubio’s comments come in the wake of reporting that Trump kept over 10,000 documents and had dozens of empty folders, including 43 marked “classified.” Documents allegedly were found throughout Trump’s residence, a semi-private club setting where insecure documents related to national security were especially vulnerable.
The comments Sunday suggest that Rubio continues to see the Trump action as a potent political issue for Republicans this fall.
He had previously suggested that the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago meant that the feds see all Republicans as “potential insurrectionists.”
“The next step in this process is going to be that people who are supporters of Donald Trump or just conservatives complaining about this are going to begin to get harassed, are going to begin to get labeled as potential insurrectionists and are going to begin to get harassed by law enforcement. That’s the next step in this playbook, sadly,” Rubio said last month on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program.
Rubio has also contended that the FBI actions were more harmful to American public trust than anything done by America’s enemies.
“The FBI’s actions, less than three months from the upcoming elections, are doing more to erode public trust in our government institutions, the electoral process, and the rule of law in the U.S. than the Russian Federation or any other foreign adversary,” Rubio wrote FBI Director Christopher Wray in the wake of the search last month.