Democrats have found some unexpected Republican allies in contesting WikiLeaks’ embarrassing revelations about Hillary Clinton because of Russia’s suspected involvement in the email hacks.
Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican running for re-election in Florida, warned Wednesday against using the leaked emails as political ammunition against Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has seized on the WikiLeaks dump of more than 21,000 emails intercepted from the Clinton campaign as evidence that she is a double-dealing, corrupt politician.
Republican strategist Ford O’Connell credited Mr. Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence, with positioning himself for the postelection political environment.
He said the threat of cyberattacks by Russia, China and others — as well as more WikiLeaks scandals — will not disappear.
“He’s trying to shepherd Republicans in the right direction because he knows what looks good today may not look good tomorrow,” said Mr. O’Connell. “Adam is also part of that sort of foreign policy crew, so he knows what is going on as well.”
Asked whether Mr. Schiff would be “singing the same tune” if the Republican candidate had been the target, Mr. O’Connell replied, “I highly doubt it.”