Trump Says He'd Accept Dirt on Campaign Rivals from Foreigners

Trump Says He'd 'Want to Hear' From Foreign Power Offering Dirt on 2020 Opponent

Trump Says He'd 'Want to Hear' From Foreign Power Offering Dirt on 2020 Opponent

"You might want to listen, there's nothing wrong with listening", he told the United States broadcaster.

Thursday at her weekly press briefing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said it was "very sad" President Donald Trump said he would accept oppo on political opponents from foreign governments.

"I think you might want to listen, there isn't anything wrong with listening", he said, adding that if someone from a country like Norway offered information on his opponent, he would "want to hear it". "They have information. I think I'd take it", he said.

When Stephanopoulos asked the president whether he'd want that kind of "interference" in American politics, Trump pushed back on the word.

"The FBI director is wrong", Trump said. But while Mueller's investigation didn't establish a criminal conspiracy between Russia and Trump's campaign, Trump repeatedly praised WikiLeaks in 2016 and celebrated information exposed by Russian hackers. "NO, in fact he didn't even tell the Senate Intelligence Committee of which he is a member", Trump tweeted.

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.

When Stephanopoulos suggested that the Federal Bureau of Investigation should have been called on that occasion, Trump replied "I've seen a lot of things in my whole life, I don't think in my whole life I've ever called the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

One of Trump's fiercest Democratic opponents, House intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff, called the president's comments on taking foreign help "a dereliction of duty". However, Pelosi said Trump's comments did not change Democratic leaders' plan to move forward with investigating Trump and his administration before any formal impeachment proceedings.

Trump's comments sparked a wave of criticism from the media and Democrats. "It's so against any sense of decency".

In an interview with broadcaster ABC News, the president denied this would count as meddling in an election. "So far as I know, we never received any information from any foreign government".

Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, a staunch Trump ally, said "I think it's a mistake of law".

Steele, whose research was funded by a law firm working for Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign, talked to Russian government officials about what Trump and his campaign might have done.

Trump's comment in an interview aired late June 12 by ABC News television reignited controversy swirling since his 2016 election, when his campaign accepted offers of opposition research from Russian Federation on his rival Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Tom Malinowski released a statement Wednesday saying he was introducing legislation that would require political campaigns to file a report with the Justice Department if they receive an offer of assistance from a foreign power or from a domestic source that involves illegal activity such as hacking. "Oh, give me a break - life doesn't work that way". Oh, I think I'd want to hear it.

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