Sen. Marco Rubio told CNN anchor Jake Tapper how to do his job by reminding the journalist not to publicize unverified facts.
Rubio appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday to discuss claims that President Donald Trump obstructed justice when he fired former FBI Director James Comey.
Media reports have been circulating about an alleged memo written by Comey that supposedly reveals Trump’s request that Comey drop the FBI’s investigation into former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.
Despite Tapper’s obvious bias, Rubio refused to jump on the anti-Trump bandwagon.
“We don’t know yet,” the Florida Republican said, responding to those claims. “Number one, I haven’t seen those notes. Number two we have yet to take the testimony from Director Comey.”
Tapper cited anonymous sources who claim the president will be forced to testify in the case. But Rubio, who was Trump’s former competitor during the 2016 presidential campaign cycle, stuck by the president’s side and called into question the validity of anonymous sources.
“You say, ‘someone who knows him says,’ well we’re gonna have him in two weeks in front of the Intelligence Committee,” Rubio said. “He’ll be asked that question. So in two weeks we’ll know a lot more.”
He also slammed the mainstream media for its biased reporting. “The best way to (get the facts out) is not to litigate it in the press, but to do our work and put the report in a way that’s credible.”
According to CNN‘s account of the interview, Rubio also said that he will not accept the liberal media’s summary of the Comey/Trump controversy until he collects all the facts himself.
“I’m not disputing the press accounts, but I am also not going to accept them,” Rubio noted.
Watch Rubio put Tapper in his place in the video below:
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