Donald Trump got rid of the US Senate Intelligence chief partly because he would’t entertain knocking probes of Trump’s 2016 Russian help….
Marco Rubio, The Republican Senator from Florida , one would think Trump would want to do what HE wanted….Go after Donald Trump’s political rivals and foes…
We don’t do that on the Presidential level in this country…
While some GOP senator’s seem to be moving towards what Trump wants?
Marco Rubio doesn’t seem to be one of them…
Rubio seems to want to go after the very people that Trump wants to stay buddy-buddy with….
The Russians ….
Is this also another indication that Trump’s influence maybe waining coming up on a possible loss to Joe Biden?
Donald Trump’s allies on Capitol Hill are pushing aggressive new investigations targeting the president’s political opponents. Marco Rubio isn’t joining the fray.
As Rubio assumes the acting chairmanship of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Florida Republican is distancing himself from a GOP-led probe targeting Hunter Biden. He has declined to embrace Trump’s “Obamagate” claims. And he is warning the Republicans spearheading the Biden investigation not to promote Russian disinformation in the process.
“I’m not going to accuse any member who believes that they are exercising oversight to be colluding with a foreign power,” Rubio said in an interview last week. “I will say to you that I think it’s pretty clear that the Russians are constantly pursuing narratives that they believe will drive conflict in our politics and divide us against each other.”
The Senate Intelligence Committee has historically been a bipartisan one, but Rubio is taking over at a time when partisan tensions in the Senate are perhaps higher than they have ever been, which may bring drawbacks to the influential perch.
Trump is actively encouraging Republicans to join his election-year revenge play against those who led investigations that ensnared him, his associates and his presidential campaign. Rubio, on the other hand, appears more concerned about Russian interference in the next presidential election — a sensitive subject for Trump, who bristles at any mention of Moscow swaying American elections.
It’s an approach that provides continuity with his predecessor Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) but ultimately puts him on a collision course with Trump and his conservative allies, who are pushing for a forceful campaign against former senior Obama administration officials, including Joe Biden.
And unlike Burr, who plans to retire in 2022, Rubio still has political ambitions. He has expressed openness to another presidential run, and in the meantime is seeking to establish a legacy on foreign-policy and national-security issues. Running afoul of Trump or his base could undermine all that….
Rubio and Trump where NOT the best of friends a few years ago……