Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said Tuesday he found it rich that the press “wanted to ignore” the investigation into last year’s deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, in contrast to media coverage given to the emerging story about the Department of Justice’s seizure of phone records from the Associated Press.
The junior Florida senator told Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly that targeting leaks of classified information constitutes a “valid law enforcement endeavor,” but expressed concern by the sprawling nature of the DOJ’s actions. Still, Rubio said that journalists are more concerned about the AP phone records only because the story “touches them.”
“If this was just targeted at the leaks, that’s a valid law enforcement endeavor. The problem is this is so widespread. If you look at what the request was and how widespread it was, what it basically feels like, and you’re seeing people in the press saying that,” Rubio said. “By the way, the curiosity in all this is how the press wanted to ignore Benghazi, they wanted to ignore all this other stuff. But when it touches them, now this thing is the next Watergate. But back to the point about the AP, the request was so widespread; it wasn’t targeted. It was so widespread, it was like a fishing expedition.”