GOP Senator: 'Very inappropriate' for Trump to discuss allowing Russia to question US citizens

Sen. Mike RoundsMarion (Mike) Michael RoundsOn The Money: Treasury rules target blue-state workarounds to tax law | Senate approves sweeping defense, domestic spending bill | US imposes B in tariffs on Chinese goods | Panel narrowly approves consumer bureau pick Senate panel narrowly approves Trump consumer bureau pick GOP sen: Sessions is ‘the right man for the job’ MORE (R-S.D.) on Thursday told The Hill that the administration considering allowing Russian investigators to come to the U.S. and question U.S. citizens, including a former ambassador, is “very untimely and very inappropriate.”

Rounds, a member of the Armed Services Committee, was responding to Wednesday comments from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that there had been “some conversation” about allowing Russians to interview U.S. citizens.

Fellow GOP Sens. Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranMcConnell: Sessions should stay as attorney general Tougher Russia sanctions face skepticism from Senate Republicans Farm groups fear Trump aid won’t fix trade damage MORE (Kan.) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisNorth Carolina governor: We saw ‘significant damage’ in eastern part of state GOP senator on allegation against Kavanaugh: 'Why on Earth' wasn't it discussed earlier? North Carolina senator: Damage from Florence 'in the billions of dollars' MORE (N.C.) also pushed back at the notion.

“I would never put our ambassador and others in (that) circumstance; we ought to be defending our ambassadors and their past service ... this is not comparable to the 12 (Russians) who were indicted, and there ought not be a fishing expedition by those from Russia,” Moran said.

Tillis stopped short of advising the administration on how to handle the situation with Russian investigators but warned, “Any time you're dealing with Russia it's all theater ... any time I wonder whether or not President Putin is misleading the American public, in terms of his meddling in elections, I generally believe that when his lips are moving on the subject, I don't believe he's honest.”

— Molly K. Hooper