Reacting to President Donald Trump's statement that he'd be open to accepting political dirt on 2020 opponents from foreign governments, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned on Thursday that Trump is giving Russian Federation "the green light" to again interfere in a US presidential election.
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. When asked if his campaign should accept information from Russian Federation or China or call the federal police, he said: "I think maybe you do both". Our president says it's a hoax. They have information. I think I'd take it.
"The FBI director is wrong", the President said. When asked for comment, Graham turned the conversation towards Democrats funding the Christopher Steele dossier, before noting, "Foreign influence in our elections is growing, not lessening, and we don't want to send a signal to encourage it". Mueller concluded that there wasn't enough evidence to charge participants - who included his son, Donald Trump Jr., and son-in-law Jared Kushner - with a crime.
The investigation did not establish a criminal conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign, though Mr Trump repeatedly praised WikiLeaks in 2016 and celebrated information exposed by Russian hackers. That includes the president's role in the drafting of a misleading and incomplete statement about a 2016 Trump Tower meeting at which Donald Trump Jr. expected to receive dirt on Democrat Hillary Clinton.
An attorney for Hicks declined to comment.
One outcome of Mueller's report, however, which has become a bestselling book and which has dominated Washington headlines since its release, is that it may be much tougher for political professionals to claim in the future that they don't know it's unlawful to accept anything of value from foreigners. "I think you might want to listen, there's nothing wrong with listening".
Pelosi, Going Beyond the Pale, Rips into 'Criminal' Trump
Presidents impeached by the House did not win re-election or gain political viability. Pelosi responded, "When we have conversations in our caucus they stay in our caucus".
The Trump team had initially tried to cover up the meeting, providing conflicting stories about the goal of the gathering and what happened. Senators wanted to talk to him again about the Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer and a Trump real estate project in Moscow.
Only a month ago, Trump said he would "certainly agree to" a commitment not to use stolen information from foreign governments to damage a political rival. He denied the suggestion that that would amount to foreign meddling in a United States election.
Republicans have accused Clinton's campaign of also accepting foreign assistance.
Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks has agreed to a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary Committee, the panel announced Wednesday.
Attorney General William Barr is reviewing the origins of the Russian Federation probe and is focused on "the activities of USA and foreign intelligence services as well as nongovernmental organizations and individuals", which would encompass the dossier's author, Christopher Steele. He also said it would be "ridiculous" to report his foreign contacts to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
For some Democrats, it all sparked fresh calls for impeachment. Mark Warner of Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate's intelligence committee. "If necessary, we'll subpoena the director and require him to come in and provide those answers under oath". "The law says no contributions - including in-kind - but, if it needs more clarity, then we will go to the duty to report".