United States President Donald Trump has said he would see nothing wrong in accepting damaging information on a 2020 political opponent if it were offered to his re-election campaign by a foreign government.
"President Trump's statement that he would accept assistance from a foreign power is a green light to Russian Federation and other foreign powers that he welcomes their help in his reelection campaign", Schiff later said in a statement.
Asked by ABC News what he would do if Russian Federation or another country offered him dirt on his election opponent, Trump said: "I think I'd want to hear it".
However, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy vehemently defended the president in his weekly press conference, saying that "I know this president would not want any foreign government interfering in our elections". "Oh, I think I'd want to hear it".
"The FBI director is wrong", he said.
In his report, Mueller explored whether a 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with Russians, which was arranged on the promise of dirt on Hillary Clinton, constituted an illegal act.
The president's remarks came on the same day that his son Donald Trump Jr. appeared on Capitol Hill to answer lawmakers' questions.
The president didn't specify, but it's possible he is referring to reports that Warner had extensive contact in 2017 with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who was offering Warner access to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele. "If I thought there was something wrong, I " d go maybe to the Federal Bureau of Investigation - if I thought there was something wrong". Addressing the controversy Thursday on Twitter, Trump said he talks about "everything" with foreign governments, noting his recent overseas trip and meetings Wednesday with the president of Poland.
Pelosi said Trump's comments to ABC were "appalling" but suggested it would not trigger any sudden impeachment push.
Senior Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer called Trump's comments "shocking". "How ridiculous! I would never be trusted again".
The legislation would bar campaigns from sharing sensitive information with foreign powers, clarify rules against accepting help from outside sources and create a "duty to report foreign interventions in our elections", Pelosi said.
Donald Trump Jr wrapped up a return interview Wednesday with U.S. lawmakers who questioned him about his contacts with Russians, with the president's eldest son dismissing concerns he may have perjured himself in his 2017 testimony. Despite much hype, crowds of Russiagaters were left bitterly disappointed after the probe failed to establish any criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
Republicans have accused Clinton's campaign of also accepting foreign assistance. "I think every past presidential campaign - Republican or Democrat - would have recognized that obligation". "Life doesn't work that way".
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