Rubio defends Sessions's meetings with Russian ambassador

Rubio defends Sessions's meetings with Russian ambassador
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDemocrats face bleak outlook in Florida The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit Poll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field MORE (R-Fla.) defended Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE on Sunday for meeting with a Russian diplomat during the election, calling Sessions’s misleading Senate confirmation answers unintentional.

“I don't believe it was intentional in any way, because at the end of the day it was not the kind of thing that Jeff Sessions does and it's not kind of thing that would be easy to hide, and nor would there be any reason,” Rubio on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Rubio repeatedly said that it is the job of ambassadors to meet with congressional lawmakers.


“Ambassadors try to meet with people all the time. I literally meet with dozens of ambassadors and so do most senators, especially those on committees that touch upon foreign affairs and foreign relations,” Rubio told CNN's Jake Tapper.

Rubio said the “hysteria” about the former Alabama senator's answers during his Senate confirmation hearing stems from Sessions not being forthcoming with his meetings with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Rubio, when asked whether Kislyak is a Russian spy and spy recruiter, said most embassies have “some intelligence component associated with it.”

“It's not had a mystery, not him in general, that virtually every embassy in Washington, D.C. has some intelligence component associated with it, and that's just the nature of diplomatic facilities, not just in Washington but all over the world,” Rubio said.

Sessions met with Kislyak during the election, but did not disclose the meetings during his Senate confirmation hearings when he was asked about Trump aides being in contact with Russian officials.