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

Sen. Mike RoundsMarion (Mike) Michael RoundsGOP senator: Trump thinks funding deal is 'thin gruel' Lawmakers put Pentagon's cyber in their sights Endorsing Trump isn’t the easiest decision for some Republicans 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) MoranSenators optimistic about reaching funding deal GOP senators read Pence riot act before shutdown votes On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (Kan.) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisBusiness, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration GOP senator dedicates heart photo to wife from Senate floor for Valentine's Day A year since Parkland: we have a solution 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