Donald Trump at the First In Nation Republican Leadership Summit. Photo by Michael Vadon

Trump Welcomes Foreign Government Interference Ahead of 2020 Election

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President Donald Trump sat down with ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos for an interview which was previewed on ABC World News Tonight on Wednesday.

During the interview he is asked if his campaign would take information from foreign governments such as Russia and China, that would damage his political opponent in 2020 or if he would turn that information over to the FBI, he replies in part, “I think maybe you do both.”

Pressed on whether receiving information from a foreign power is allowing that foreign government to interfere in the election process the President says it’s not interference it’s oppo research.

It’s not an interference, they have information — I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI — if I thought there was something wrong. But when somebody comes up with oppo research, right, they come up with oppo research, ‘oh let’s call the FBI.’ The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it. When you go and talk, honestly, to congressman, they all do it, they always have, and that’s the way it is. It’s called oppo research.

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The President’s remarks comes on the heels of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller Report, that details links between the Russian Government and then-Candidate Trump’s Campaign members.

The Report notes that while both the Russian Government and the Trump campaign hoped to benefit from the relationship the investigation did not establish criminal conspiracy.

The investigation also identified numerous links between the Russian government and the Trump Campaign. Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.

Mueller Report pg. 1 PDF pg. 10.

President Trump’s comments are in direct contrast to FBI Director Chris Wray, who in May 2019 told a Senate Committee, that public officials or members of the campaign should notify the FBI if a foreign government attempts to interfere with the U.S. Election.

When asked about the differing takes between the FBI Director and the President, the President replied, “the FBI director is wrong.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) responded to the President’s comments on Wednesday via Twitter.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday responded via Twitter.

For his full statement @ LindseyGrahamSC.

President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday morning to defend his comments.

He deleted the first tweet after it was noted via Twitter that he had called the Prince of Wales, the Prince of Whales.

Twitter did what Twitter does best.