On "Fox & Friends" this morning, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) reacted to recent reports about President Donald Trump's alleged ties to Russia, saying it's important to gather the facts and not rush to judgment.
"I’m not saying the news articles are wrong. I’m not saying they’re right. I’m saying they raised an allegation and we have an obligation to look into them," Rubio said. "But before we form opinions and advocate for action, we need to know what the facts are."
He said he spoke to a person who was present at the meeting between Trump and Russian officials and they repeatedly denied the president said or did anything that would compromise U.S. intelligence sources, methods or relationships.
He said there are no transcripts of the meeting, but there are notes, and he expects at some point fairly soon the White House will make those notes available to the appropriate committee.
As for FBI Director James Comey's memo that revealed Trump asked him to shut down the federal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Rubio acknowledged it's a "serious matter."
"Again, we need to know facts. And so I’m not telling you that the news articles are wrong. I’m telling you that if you’re going to deal with something of this magnitude, shouldn’t we at least have facts before us before we establish firm positions?" Rubio said.
He said this reinforces the need for Comey to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee
"He’s going to have to turn over these notes and anything else that he kept, and we’ll go from there," Rubio said. "Unless you were there, no one knows entirely what happened. So we need to establish facts before we jump to conclusions."
"Our job is to arrive at the facts before we can reach conclusions, not to mention advocate for actions."
Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above.