Trump Walks Back Comments on Offers of Foreign Dirt amid Bipartisan Criticism

Erika Holt
June 17, 2019

The uproar follows Trump's remarks to ABC's George Stephanopoulos, in which he said he would be open to receiving information about his 2020 election opponent from a foreign country.

ABC News' George Stephanopoulos asked Trump about McGahn's testimony in an interview this week. "I think you might want to listen, there isn't anything wrong with listening", Trump said in an interview aired on Wednesday. "It's not an interference. I don't think anybody would present me with anything because they know how much I love the country", Trump said Friday. "If I thought there was something wrong, I'd go maybe to the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

President Donald Trump said that he didn't fire special counsel Robert Mueller because firings "didn't work out too well" for former President Richard Nixon, though he claimed he had the Constitutional authority to do so.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with governors on "workforce freedom and mobility" in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Washington. "There is no sense. any ethical sense that informs his comments and his thinking".

"If a foreign government comes to you as a public official, and offers to help your campaign giving you anything of value, whether it be money or information on your opponent, the right answer is no", he said.

During the interaction, President Trump made some typically odd comments, including the one where he said that he has seen a lot of things in his life but has never called the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and that the "FBI director is wrong" in expecting things to be reported to him.

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Others prominent Republicans were outspoken in their discomfort, without naming Trump.

"Let's be clear. You can't take that information from a foreign agent".

"Well, it's - I love Mike, we are running again, you're talking about a long time, so you can't put me in that position", the commander in chief said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends", his favorite morning TV show.

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United States law makes it a crime for a candidate to accept anything of value from foreign governments or citizens for the purposes of winning an election.

Mr Trump also maintained he would still at least review any such foreign-supplied information.

An FBI counterintelligence investigation of Russian election activities in the 2016 presidential election sparked Mueller's probe, which confirmed US intelligence agencies' findings that Russia worked to help Trump win.

The dossier contained 103 key allegations, none of which were were verified by special counsel Robert Mueller's 22-month investigation.

Trump said he enjoyed the interview and accused the "Fake News" of distorting what he said.

Top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committee expressed alarm at Trump's comments.

"The President has given Russian Federation the green light to interfere in the 2020 election", Warner wrote in a Twitter post. McGahn described how Trump directed him to press the Justice Department for Mueller's firing by insisting that he raise what the president perceived as the special counsel's conflicts of interest. Trump called his former counsel a liar.

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Trump said during the campaign that he has no interests in Russian Federation and didn't acknowledge the failed Moscow effort until he was in office.

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