Democrats: Trump comments give green light to foreign election meddling

President Donald Trump attends a Polish American reception with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the East Room of the White House Wednesday

President Donald Trump attends a Polish American reception with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the East Room of the White House Wednesday

Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday reiterated his belief that President Trump purposely "played" the media by saying he would listen to a foreign government who has intelligence on a political rival. "It's not an interference, they have information - I think I'd take it", Trump said".

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, objected, derailing the effort. "If I don't listen, you are not going to know".

"First, I believe that it should be practice for all public officials who are contacted by a foreign government with an offer of assistance to their campaign - either directly or indirectly - to inform the Federal Bureau of Investigation and reject the offer", he said.

Mr. Warner said his bill didn't cover mere conversations, but only required reporting for offers of illegal help.

"For a president to invite foreign powers to offer political candidates stolen information about his opponents is disgraceful", said Malinowski, a former assistant USA secretary of state. "During that race, we had a major American political party hire a foreign national, Christopher Steele, to dig up dirt on an American presidential candidate", he said.

"I meet and talk to "foreign governments" every day". "The President has given Russian Federation the green light to interfere in the 2020 election", Warner wrote on Twitter earlier. If somebody called from a country, Norway, "we have information on your opponent"-oh, I think I'd want to hear it". An FBI counterintelligence investigation of Russian election activities in the 2016 presidential election sparked Mueller's probe, which confirmed U.S. intelligence agencies' findings that Russia worked to help Trump win.

CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted that what Trump said shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. "NO, in fact he didn't even tell the Senate Intelligence Committee of which he is a member", Trump wrote. "The president has either learned nothing in the last two years or picked up exactly the wrong lesson - that he can accept gleefully foreign assistance again and escape the punishment of the law", Representative Adam Schiff said. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) also called for impeachment hearings in response to Trump's remarks.

"Trump just blew way past 'no collusion, ' he's broadcasting his willingness to receive help from a hostile foreign power in 2020", Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) tweeted Wednesday. Now, he said he'd do it all over again.

President Donald Trump hit back at California Senator Kamala Harris for claiming her Department of Justice would have "no choice" but to prosecute Trump if she became president.

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