Sen. Marco Rubio Grills Rex Tillerson at Confirmation Hearing

The Republican senator asked Trump's pick for secretary of state a series of tough questions on his relationship with Russia.
2:40 | 01/12/17

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Transcript for Sen. Marco Rubio Grills Rex Tillerson at Confirmation Hearing
Word that one of Donald Trump's major nominees may be in trouble our congressional correspondent mayor drew starts us off from Capitol Hill good morning there. Good morning Robin it was a dramatic late night here at the capitol the senate but think until after 1 o'clock this morning lawmakers coming one step closer to repealing obamacare but there is still a long bitter fight ahead. And this morning as you mentioned another fight is brewing we are now seeing what could be the first major roadblock. To a truck nominee the president elect's former rival possibly standing in the wake of his pick for secretary of state. Throughout the nine hour confirmation hearing Marco Rubio hammered former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson on his ties to Vladimir president. It's -- recruit in the war criminal I would not use that term do you believe. That. Vladimir Putin and his cronies are responsible for ordering the murder. Countless dissidents journalists and political opponents. I did not have sufficient information to make that point none of this is classified mosquitoes in these people are dead rubio is vote is heat Republicans have just tell one person majority on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Without his support pillar since nomination could stall and this morning trumps former rival is still not convinced. You know I have to. Make sure that. A 100% behind whatever decision I make. Straight off the bat Tillerson it took a strong stance on Russia while we must also be clear out about our relationship with Russia. Russia today poses a danger. Our NATO allies are right to be alarmed that a resurgent Russia. But his relationship with Vladimir Putin was hard to shake fly in many of my colleagues have deep concerns. About your relationship with mr. food. Do you believe these activities could have happened without the knowledge and the consent of Latimer who what are you gonna say development of gluten. When he says Cuba directs you said sanctions were bad that might give it now. If confirmed as secretary of state won't have one mission only misrepresent the interest of the American people. Under fire for their unusual ties seen here toasting with champagne Putin giving him the order of friendship award. The question now could trumps pick for the nation's top diplomat in jeopardy. I think it's important to do understand from moral clarity from these clear. Now this morning some Republicans are urging rubio to meet with Tillerson again and rubio he's holding his cards close but without his support to listen could lose that. Key vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. And that could put his whole confirmation. At real risk George tell the primary thing.

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