In a CNN interview Friday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) explained that his fellow Republicans need to realize that Russia isn’t obvious when it attempts to conduct espionage. They’ll a little more smooth than a character out of 1950s spy movie.
He noted that if he was sent an email saying something about a foreign country having information he would have gone another route than Donald Trump Jr.
“I would save the email, or write the phone call down. I would notify the FBI of the contact that just happened and then they would determine if they wanted me to take the meeting for counter espionage reasons or not take the meeting,” Kinzinger said.
He went on to say that those processes are “standard practice” for those incidents.
“Even our great friends in Canada saying we have information on behalf of the government of Canada,” he continued. “I would contact the FBI. This is — the thing people need to remember: we do intelligence very differently than the Russians do. They don’t have FSB, former KGB agents walking around with a KGB uniform. They use cutouts. People near association with the government. Friends of friends, et cetera, to begin to test the waters, to see the information. See whether or not they can pass information or get clues, et cetera. And it appears that this is the Russian government’s attempt to try to do this. I don’t know what the outcome is.”
He also wants the White House to release everything now instead of allowing it to slowly leak out.
“The longer the story changes, the more the story changes, the more people begin to wonder. So get all of this information out there,” he told CNN’s Jim Sciutto.