Trump team contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential race led to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion and obstruction of justice.
After President Donald Trump openly stated he would accept dirt on his 2020 opponents from a foreign power and not necessarily alert law enforcement, members of Congress and contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination said Trump's remarks provide yet another reason for the House to immediately launch impeachment proceedings. If somebody called from a country, Norway, (and said) "we have information on your opponent" - oh, I think I'd want to hear it.
"Let me make something 100% clear to the American public or anyone running for public office: It is illegal to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a USA election", Ellen Weintraub tweeted.
"I don't think anybody would present me with anything because they know how much I love the country", he said of foreign governments offering him intel. "If I thought there was something wrong, I'd go maybe to the Federal Bureau of Investigation - if I thought there was something wrong".
Democratic presidential candidates Beto O'Rourke and Sen. The move was blocked by Republicans who control the chamber.
"The President has given Russian Federation the green light to interfere in the 2020 election", Warner wrote in a Twitter post. He said he would likely do both: "Listen to what they have to say, but also report it to the FBI", McEnany said. But people who attended the meeting said later it focused on other matters. The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee expressed alarm at Trump's comments. "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. "Let's hope Congress has the will and time to make it clear to the Trump campaign that working with a foreign government to help you get elected is never an option". Now, he said he'd do it all over again.