Trump Goes on TV to Solicit 2020 Foreign Collusion

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

"I think you might want to listen, there's nothing wrong with listening".

"They have information - I think I'd take it", he said. They always have, and that's the way it is.

"There is no ... any ethical sense that informs his comments", Pelosi said.

"The president's comments are undemocratic, un-American and disgraceful". Nevertheless, Mueller wrote, "a foreign entity that engaged in such research and provided resulting information to a campaign could exert a greater effect on an election, and a greater tendency to ingratiate the donor to the candidate, than a gift of money or tangible things of value". "How ridiculous! I would never be trusted again". "They purposely leave out the part that matters".

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, a member of the Intelligence Committee, called the president's assertion "astonishing".

It is illegal to accept foreign campaign contributions, although an exchange of information is a more murky matter. "Nobody does that. Nobody", he 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 at one point implored hackers to dig up dirt on Hillary Clinton - "Russia, if you're listening", he said. The bill is backed by Democrats and Republicans.

But asked Wednesday whether he would take opposition research being peddled by another government, Trump said he likely would.

A torrent of criticism erupted Thursday, including from vital Republican ally Senator Lindsey Graham, who said the president had made "a mistake". "Life doesn't work like that".

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Trump on Wednesday said he'd happily take dirt on his 2020 opponents from sources such as Russian Federation or China.

That's not the view taken by Trump's Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who told lawmakers during his confirmation hearings it would be "wise" for political operatives - including Trump's son after his meeting at Trump Tower - to inform his agency about attempts by foreign governments to interfere in U.S. elections. "Tragically, Donald Trump thinks patriotism is less important than his own power".

Mr Trump's comments came just a month after he pledged not to use information stolen by foreign adversaries in his 2020 re-election campaign and insisted he had not used such information to his benefit in 2016.

Wray has also warned in recent months that Russian Federation poses what he called a "significant counterintelligence threat" to the United States and is likely to intensify its efforts ahead of the 2020 USA presidential election that will be held in November of next year.

Trump's comments are adding new fuel to Democrat efforts to impeach him since foreign meddling in the U.S. 2016 election was the reason the Russian Federation investigation was launched in the first place. At a campaign rally, he also urged Russian Federation to find 30,000 emails Clinton had reportedly deleted from a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

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.

"It would strike at the heart of our democracy to have a foreign government providing information to a campaign or a candidate of a substantial nature to try and influence an election", Romney told reporters.

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