Sen. Marco Rubio Tuesday criticized leakers who are divulging details of President Trump's conversations with top intelligence officials to the media Tuesday.
"The challenge that we have here now is while the folks here with us this morning are constrained in what they can say, there are people that apparently work for you that are not, and are constantly speaking to the media about things and saying things," Rubio, R-Fla., said during a hearing with top intelligence officials.
"And it puts the Congress in a very difficult position because the issue of oversight on both your independence and your credibility falls on us, and I actually think if what is being said to the media is untrue, then it's unfair to the president of the United States. And if it is true, then it's something the American people deserve to know and that we as an oversight community need to know in order to conduct our job," the Florida Republican continued.
Over the last few weeks, reports in the Washington Post and New York Times, citing anonymous sources, detailed private conversations Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Director Mike Rogers and former FBI Director James Comey have had with Trump.
According to a report in the Washington Post last month, Trump allegedly asked Rogers and Coats to publicly deny that evidence existed showing the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians during the 2016 election.
The Washington Post then reported Tuesday Trump asked Coats to intervene with Comey and get the FBI to ease off its probe into former national security adviser Mike Flynn.
Coats and Rogers appeared before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Tuesday, but declined to answer questions from lawmakers related to the conversations they had with Trump. Both men said details of those interactions were not appropriate to discuss in an open setting.
Trump identified leakers as the "big story" surrounding the FBI's investigation, and Republicans have been urging the Justice Department to pursue workers leaking information to the press.