Will Consider Accepting Dirt On Opponents From Foreign Governments

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

Democrats are expressing alarm after U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed concerns about accepting information about electoral opponents from foreign powers and said such activity would not amount to interference in the U.S. political system. There's nothing wrong with listening. 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".

In the meeting, a Russian lawyer had purportedly offered damaging information on Hillary Clinton, the United States president's Democratic opponent in the 2016 presidential election. It is a threat to our national security. But Trump appeared unbothered by the discord in his interview, saying he would be open to any and all dirt on potential rivals.

For some Democrats, it all sparked fresh calls for impeachment.

One of Trump's fiercest Democratic opponents, House intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff, called the president's comments on taking foreign help "a dereliction of duty".

Accusing Trump of trying to determine "how he can violate the rules and policies of our country", Lawrence added, "It is past sad. This is criminal. It is criminal, and we need to hold this President accountable".

The meeting was a focus of U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the last presidential campaign.

The president's remarks came on the same day that his son Donald Jr was grilled by USA senators about his contacts with Russians.

The president has previously defended the decision to take the meeting on the grounds that any campaign would listen to opposition research, even from a foreign adversary.

The younger Trump, on learning the topic of the meeting, had written in an email: "I love it". "All I need is the opponents that I'm looking at".

In actuality, conservatives tied to The Washington Free Beacon were behind the initial contracting of a group tied to Steele as part of opposition research against then-candidate Trump. They have information. I think I'd take it.

"You're a congressman, someone comes up and says, 'I have information on your opponent, do you call the FBI?' " Trump said.

The role of Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., in organizing a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer offering negative information on Clinton was a focus of Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the last presidential campaign.

"If a foreign government offers to help us win an election, we should report that offer, not exploit it", Malinowski said. Give me a break. "In my whole life", Trump said dismissively. "You don't call the Federal Bureau of Investigation", he said. You throw somebody out of your office.

"Life doesn't work that way", Trump said.

A month ago, Trump had said he would not use information obtained by foreign governments in his 2020 reelection campaign.

Congressional Republicans, usually loath to criticize Trump, struggled to strike a balance between condemning foreign interference and avoiding harsh words about the president.