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.
Pelosi told reporters that Mr. Trump's "cavalier" attitude towards foreign actors providing election dirt was an "assault on our democracy". "Ms Hicks understands that the Committee will be free to pose questions as it sees fit, including about her time on the Trump Campaign and her time in the White House", Nadler said. "It's so against any sense of decency".
Mueller said he could not file charges against Trump, but he set forth 10 instances in which Trump sought to thwart the investigation.
Much of the reaction to Trump's comments to Stephanopoulos expressed outrage and called for impeachment. "Totally appalled. But he has a habit of making appalling statements", Pelosi said.
She said "not any one issue" would be the trigger.
At one point, Trump appeared to scoff in his ABC News interview at the prospect that there was any distinction between "oppo research" and accepting material from foreign operatives, although he said also he wouldn't rule out notifying authorities if he thought something seemed off.
"I think maybe you do both".
"I think I'd take it", the president said in an interview with ABC News's George Stephanopoulos that aired Wednesday.
"I think you might want to listenâ€¦ there's nothing wrong with listening", Trump said when asked by ABC News what he would do if a country such as Russian Federation or China offered him such information.
"The FBI director is wrong", the President said.
Stephanopoulos asked Trump, "Your campaign this time around, if foreigners, if Russian Federation, if China, if someone else offers you information on opponents, should they accept it or should they call the Federal Bureau of Investigation?"
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Joe Biden, now the frontrunner in the race to become the Democratic nominee in the next United States election, accused Trump of "welcoming" foreign interference with his latest comments.
Trump clarified his remarks in a Thursday tweet, writing that he talks to foreign governments every day. We talked about "Everything!"
"I'm hoping some of my Democratic colleagues will take more seriously the fact that Christopher Steele was a foreign agent paid for by the Democratic Party, to gather dirt on Trump", he added.
Trump team contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign led to an initial FBI investigation of such dealings, which spawned special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion and obstruction of justice as well as several similar, ongoing efforts in Congress.
Mueller found that it was not clear whether courts would accept that opposition research provided free by a foreign government constituted a "thing of value" and thus an illegal foreign campaign contribution.
Schiff noted that Mueller detailed more than 100 contacts between Russian Federation and associates of the president.
When Stephanopoulos asked the president whether he'd want that kind of "interference" in American politics, Trump pushed back at the word.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, on the Senate floor Thursday morning, denounced the president's comments as "un-American".
How have his opponents reacted?Mark Warner will ask the Senate to pass a bill introduced in May called the Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections Act, or FIRE.
Pelosi joined a slew of Democratic lawmakers and a senior Republican in condemning the comments. With that being said, my full answer is rarely played by the Fake News Media.