President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would consider accepting damaging information about one of his 2020 political opponents from a foreign government, despite the concerns raised by the conclusion of the intelligence community and special counsel Robert Mueller that Russian Federation attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
He added, "Finally, the outrage some of my Democratic colleagues are raising about President Trump's comments will hopefully be met with equal outrage that their own party hired a foreign national to do opposition research on President Trump's campaign". "I think my view is that if any public official or member of any campaign is contacted by any nation state or anybody acting on behalf of a nation state about influencing or interfering with our election, then that's something that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would want to know about", Wray said. George Stephanopoulos: "The FBI director says that's what should happen".
In his report, Mueller explored whether a 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with Russians, which was arranged on the promise of dirt on Hillary Clinton, constituted an illegal act.
The president's remarks came on the same day that his son Donald Jr was grilled by U.S. senators about his contacts with Russians. Trump Jr, who helms the Trump Organization collection of businesses that his real estate billionaire father ran for decades, earlier told reporters there was "nothing to correct" from his previous comments to the committee.
Trump replied, "I think maybe you do both". Legal experts have said such foreign assistance could violate campaign finance law.
Jerrold Nadler, the House judiciary committee chair, said the interview will include questions about her time on Trump's presidential campaign and in the White House.
However, Pelosi stopped short of saying that these comments would trigger opening an impeachment inquiry against Mr. Trump.
The Democratic-led House, in an escalation of wide-ranging probes of Trump and his inner circle, on Tuesday voted to give lawmakers clear authority to sue Trump administration figures who defy congressional subpoenas.
"If a foreign government offers to help us win an election, we should report that offer, not exploit it", Malinowski said. Chris Coons said. "Foreign interference in our elections is unacceptable. How ridiculous! I would never be trusted again", he tweeted.
Graham added if foreign governments offer you campaign assistance, "the right answer is no", not maybe as President Trump suggested in an ABC News interview. While the investigation did not find sufficient evidence of a conspiracy between Moscow and the Trump campaign team to file criminal charges, it also did not exonerate the president.
The Republicans' 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, now senator from Utah, said his campaign would have immediately notified the authorities if offered foreign help. "I think it's a mistake of law".