Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPoll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Milley says calls to China were 'perfectly within the duties' of his job Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod MORE (R-Fla.) on Sunday argued that the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) warrants to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page were justified.
Rubio, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” said he has a “different view” than President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE, who earlier Sunday claimed that newly released DOJ documents prove his campaign was being illegally spied upon.
“I don’t believe that them looking into Carter Page means they were spying on the campaign. I also don’t believe it proves anything about collusion,” Rubio said. “He was a guy that was on their screen even before the campaign.”
"I don’t think it’s part of any broader plot. The only plot here is the plot to interfere in our election by the Russians,” he added.
The Justice Department late Saturday released documents related to surveillance warrants on Page. The materials laid out, in part, the FBI’s belief that Page had established relationships and was potentially collaborating with Russian government officials.
The heavily redacted materials indicated that the FBI “believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government … to undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election in violation of U.S. criminal law.”
The DOJ released the materials after months of furor on Capitol Hill over the matter, which is likely to continue.
Republicans have repeatedly claimed that the surveillance warrants relied on the so-called Steele dossier, which partly contains salacious and unfounded allegations about Trump’s ties to Russia. GOP lawmakers also asserted that the DOJ did not properly disclose the origin of the dossier to the judges signing off on the warrant.
However, Rubio noted on Sunday that Page had spoken openly about his connections to Russia, and that he became a person of interest when he came into contact with the Trump campaign.
“I don’t think they did anything wrong,” Rubio said, referring to the Justice Department. “There was a lot of reasons unrelated to the dossier why they wanted to look at Carter Page.”