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 CruzGOP frets about Trump's poll numbers GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers GOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias 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 MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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 ComeyIntel chairman says FBI starting to answer questions on Russia probe Intel chairman says FBI starting to answer questions on Russia probe Want the truth? Put your money on Bill Barr, not Jerry Nadler 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.