Will accept dirt on 2020 opponent from Russia, China: Donald Trump

Will accept dirt on 2020 opponent from Russia, China: Donald Trump

"There's nothing wrong with listening", he told ABC News in an interview released Wednesday.

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 USA presidential election.

"It's a very sad thing", Pelosi said about the president's comment in an interview with ABC's Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

In a TV interview on Wednesday, Trump said that he would listen to that information on his rival in a hypothetical scenario in which another country offered it and denied that this would constitute foreign electoral interference, reports Efe news.

When asked if he wants that kind of interference in the election process, Trump said, "It's not interference", and that members of Congress "all do it".


"They have information - I think I'd take it", he said.

Trump continued: "I think I'd want to hear it".

Special counsel Robert Mueller detailed extensive contact between Trump campaign associates and Russians, but did not conclude there was a criminal conspiracy.

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

"There's nothing wrong with listening", Trump said.


During the interview, Mr Trump also said he disagreed with Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray, who told US Congress last month that political campaigns should contact the agency about any suspicious communications from a foreign government.

Warner also said he thought Trump's statement underscores the need for new legislation that reflects the lessons from Mueller's inquiry.

Trevor Potter, counsel to John McCain's presidential campaigns, said that any candidate who takes intelligence from a foreign government would be compromised and left beholden to that country. Elizabeth Warren, another Democratic presidential hopeful, repeated calls for Mr Trump to be impeached. As he emerged from the session, Donald Jr told reporters: "I don't think I changed anything of what I said, because there was nothing to change". Mueller cleared the Trump campaign of collusion, but he also did not absolve the president of accusations that Trump tried to cover up his links to Russian Federation. Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, discussed Obama administration sanctions against Russia with the then-Russian ambassador in the weeks leading up to the president's inauguration in January 2017.

Republicans have pushed back on criticism of the White House by equating Trump hypothetically accepting campaign help from a foreign government to his 2016 Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton's campaign commissioning Christopher Steele, a British national, to assemble a dossier of opposition research on Trump.

"I meet and talk to "foreign governments" every day", Trump tweeted.


Despite a deal between committee chairman Jerry Nadler and the justice department on Monday, paving the way for his panel to access some of Mueller's underlying evidence, House Democrats said they were proceeding with Tuesday's full floor vote to keep the option to enforce their subpoenas in court if necessary.

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