Cruz says Americans outside Beltway unconcerned with Mueller investigation

Cruz says Americans outside Beltway unconcerned with Mueller investigation
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzRepublicans show little enthusiasm for impeachment witness swap Texas House special election to gauge suburban mood Texas Democrats roll out plan to win state House in November MORE (R-Texas) argued Sunday that there's a disconnect between Washington, D.C., and the rest of the country when it comes to interest in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE's ongoing probe.

"There is an incredible divide between Washington and the rest of the country when it comes to Bob Mueller and the Russia investigation," Cruz said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"The mainstream media, Washington, is obsessed with it," he continued. "And when you get outside the Beltway, I don't find anybody concerned with this at all."

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Cruz suggested that his constituents were more concerned with the economy and border security than Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The senator's remarks came in response to a question about reports over the weekend that placed fresh scrutiny on President Trump's relationship with Russia.

The New York Times reported Friday that the FBI was so concerned about Trump’s firing of the bureau's former director, James ComeyJames Brien ComeyCNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group NYT: Justice investigating alleged Comey leak of years-old classified info Bernie-Hillary echoes seen in Biden-Sanders primary fight MORE, that it opened an inquiry into whether the president was working on behalf of Russian interests.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Trump has kept details of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin from top officials in his administration, including withholding notes from an interpreter. 

Cruz said Sunday that he only knew what had been reported in the media, and that he would consider any corroborating evidence brought forward to lawmakers.

He added that it's "premature" to subpoena notes from Trump's meetings with Putin.