They were bitter rivals on the campaign trail. Candidate Trump continually called Senator Marco Rubio “Little Marco;” and the senator made reference to Trump’s “little hands” and his “spray tan.” But now the Republican senator from Florida is being bombarded with reports that he “defended” President Trump on Thursday when he grilled the former FBI Director James Comey.
Rubio, along with Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), dined with Trump at the White House this week. But he defended himself when it was reported that he spent his whole time while questioning Comey supporting Trump.
A “Miami Herald” headline read: “Rubio defends Trump, pushes Comey to say Trump wasn’t involved in Russia probe.” Rubio fired back in a tweet: “This story claims I defended President at hearing today but failed to include quote of me defending him.” He later injected, “Good reason for that, that quote [doesn’t] exist. I didn’t defend or attack anyone.” CBS News tweeted this regarding Rubio’s so-called defense of Trump: “Sen. Rubio devoted most of his allotted time at former FBI Director Comey’s hearing defending Pres. Trump.”
During the hearing, Rubio did point out that the only thing that wasn’t leaked to the mainstream media was the fact that Comey had told Trump that he was not under FBI investigation. “Do you ever wonder why, of all the things in the investigation, the only thing never leaked is the fact the president was never personally under investigation, despite the fact that Democrats and Republicans and the leadership of Congress have known that for weeks?” Rubio asked.
Rubio did say that he is not ruling out that Trump may have obstructed justice. This is in spite of the fact that Comey’s exchange with Senator James Risch (R-ID) included Comey admitting that Trump did not “direct” him to drop the case against Michael Flynn; the president only “hoped” that he would do so. Breitbart News Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak said concerning this exchange, “Comey all but destroyed any hope Democrats had for bringing a case of obstruction of justice.” But Rubio noted, “I’m not prepared to reach a conclusion on that (obstruction of justice) , because we’re not done with all the other pieces that are missing.”
Do you think Rubio is a bit too “defensive” about “defending” Trump?