Trump Responds to Criticism Over Comments About Accepting Information From Foreign Government

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"But nobody is going to say bad things to me, they know I'm a very straight player, they know one thing about me: I love the country more than anything".

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, objected, derailing the effort. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) called Trump's remarks "disgraceful," and the fact that he made them from the Oval Office "proves you're unfit for the office you hold".

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker made his comments shortly after Special Counsel Robert Muller's statement Wednesday.

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

Democrats have claimed that Mueller has given Congress the green light to impeach after admitting last month he didn't charge Trump with a crime because it is longstanding DOJ policy not to charge a sitting president with a crime.

In his report, special counsel Robert Mueller chronicled how Russian Federation intervened in the 2016 election to help elect Trump, whose campaign welcomed the assistance, even if no laws were broken.

"The president's directive, as he said, [it's] a case by case basis".

"I meet and talk to "foreign governments" every day".

"The president, let's go back, [said] if called, I'll listen".

Booker was responding to Trump's comments to ABC News that he would listen if a foreign adversary of the USA had damaging information about his 2020 opponent.

The sentiment echoes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said earlier that she wants to see Trump behind bars. "If bad, I'll call the FBI", Hannity said. An FBI counterintelligence investigation of Russian election activities in the 2016 presidential election sparked Mueller's probe, which confirmed USA intelligence agencies' findings that Russia worked to help Trump win. Trump defended his remarks in a flurry of tweets on Thursday morning in which he said it would be "ridiculous" to report his contacts with foreign leaders to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He again said it's a "genius set-up" because the media "will fall right into [Trump's] trap". Democratic presidential candidates who renewed calls for Trump's impeachment included US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand and US Representative Eric Swalwell.

The Justice Department is now investigating the origins of the 2016 counterintelligence probe into Trump campaign as well as the FBI's use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page. Now, he said he'd do it all over again.

President Donald Trump's welcoming of assistance from Russian Federation or China for his 2020 re-election campaign was "dangerous and destructive".

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