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Rubio: Obama ‘Weakened’ US Intelligence

Sen. Marco Rubio suggested that President Barack Obama “weakened” U.S. intelligence through the actions of his administration.

“We only have access to the last two years, so it doesn’t give us a complete picture of, for example, the U.S. citizen’s involvement for the last five years,” Rubio said on CNN’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “So, I hope the president will work with us to reverse that so that the intelligence agencies have access to the full picture.”

“He’s also issued a series of presidential directives that have weakened our ability to gather intelligence against potential adversaries, so I hope that will be changed as well,” he added.

“For them to conduct this attack, I think it is highly likely that they dealt with somebody at some stage of this process, whether it was a person who helped them finance this effort, or individuals that provided weapons, and that’s why you want access to the metadata,” he said.

The Hill reports:

Rubio said many phone companies are no longer required to store metadata, and terrorists may be taking notice.

“The law allows up to two years, but many of these phone companies have already said we’re not holding onto records at all,” he said. “By the way, I think those phone companies are the ones who are going to get a lot of business from people who intend to do this sort of thing.”

President Obama will address the San Bernardino attack in a speech from the Oval Office on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.

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