During the contentious James Comey hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) leveled a question to the former FBI director that caught him off guard.
Rubio, addressing the culture of leaks which have surrounded the Trump administration and specifically the Comey firing, asked why the detail of Trump not being under investigation seemed to be the only detail which did not leak.
Comey’s response: “I don’t know.”
Rubio’s full question:
“This investigation is full of leaks left and right. We’ve learned more from the newspapers than we do from our open hearings. Do you wonder why of all the things in the investigation that the only thing that has never been leaked was the fact that the president was not personally under investigation, despite the fact that both Democrats and Republican and leadership of Congress knew that and have known that for weeks?
Comey’s full answer:
“I don’t know. I find matters that are briefed to the gang of eight are pretty tightly held in my experience.”
Twitter lit up after the exchange:
. @marcorubio made interesting point:w/all leaks in DC not leak the favorable to Trump that he not personally under investigation
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) June 8, 2017
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 8, 2017
Well Marco Rubio just ended this whole thing.
— Joe Biggs (@Rambobiggs) June 8, 2017