Rubio wants 'all' of Mueller report made public including founding documents

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads What the gun safety debate says about Washington Trump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China MORE (R-Fla.) said Sunday that he wants to see special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's full report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including information on the basis for the probe.

"I want to see all of it. What was the underlying criminal predicate for the entire investigation? Let’s see the FISA applications," Rubio said on NBC's "Meet the Press," referencing surveillance applications that have been a subject of scrutiny among Republican lawmakers.  

"Let’s see all of that," he added. "Let’s put all of that out there as well so we can pass judgment about how the investigation was conducted or at least the predicate for the investigation was conducted during the Obama years."

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The special counsel submitted his final report to Attorney General William Barr on Friday evening, signaling the end of the nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Barr is expected to brief Congress on the report’s main findings in the coming days and could do so as early as Sunday. The attorney general has previously committed to releasing as much of the report as possible under the law, but Democrats and some Republicans have been insistent that the full document be made public.

Rubio said Sunday that he believes the report will ultimately become public, with some baseline caveats.

"I would suspect that at the end of the day they are going to release the report," he said. "They’re going to redact intelligence information or classified information, and they’re not going to put things in there about people that is damaging to people that they chose not to prosecute.

"But that’s not unique to the president, that is the way the Justice Department handles every case," he added.

Some Democrats have expressed concerns that the White House might attempt to assert executive privilege to block certain parts of Mueller's report from going public.

Rubio said some issues, like information that could reference internal administration deliberations, are valid to protect, but that he "would certainly ask the president to lean toward transparency."