Ross: Trump getting dirt from foreign sources cuts both ways

Elijah Nouvelage  Reuters

Elijah Nouvelage Reuters

Trump's remarks suggested he still sees nothing wrong with a United States political candidate accepting help from a foreign power.

President Trump said Friday that he would "of course" look at damaging information about an opponent provided by a foreign source, but he would also report it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation if it were "incorrect or badly stated".

He also told ABC he disagreed with FBI Director Christopher Wray's position that political campaigns should report suspicious communications from foreign governments. Foreign research is not treasonous; it's fair game, so that should a Russian source finally get hold of, say, his tax returns and offer them to The New York Times, the Times can accept them without the slightest hesitation.

Trump changed his position on Friday.

"I thought it was made clear", Trump said of his initial comments, made in an interview with ABC News, which caused an uproar. "Just so you understand, very simple, it is very simple, there was no crime". "I'd report it to law enforcement, absolutely".

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, countered Trump on Friday by releasing a video statement on Twitter pledging to not use misinformation in his campaign or tolerate outside interference. "He's dead wrong", Biden said in the video.

"I'd take it" Trump said this week when asked by ABC's George Stephanopoulos if Russian Federation again offered campaign help.

On learning the topic of the meeting, Trump Jr. had written in an email: "I love it".

Previously, McGahn stated under oath the president continuously told him to have special counsel Robert Mueller removed due to perceived conflicts of interest and asked to create documents backing up that claim.

Team Trump has said that the then-candidate was only joking about seeking Russia's help.

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