President Donald Trump said on Friday that he would contact the FBI if a foreign power would provide him with information – after he had looked at what was being offered and ascertained whether the & # 39; bad & # 39; used to be.
Trump's claim that he would contact law enforcement was a reversal of his position just 24 hours ago when he said it was & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; was to expect him to call the FBI in such a situation.
& # 39; Of course you give it to the FBI or report it to the Attorney General, & # 39; Trump told Fox & Friends in a call-in interview on Friday, trying to clear up the situation.
But Trump remained steadfast that he had every right to review the dirt offered.
President Donald Trump said in a Fox News interview & # 39; of course you give it to the FBI & # 39; if a foreign power provides political opposition investigation. He had told ABC News in an interview that was broadcast on Wednesday and that he would not contact the FBI
& # 39; Of course you have to look at it, & # 39; he explained, to know & # 39; if it is bad & # 39 ;.
& # 39; How are you going to know if it's bad? & # 39; he said.
Trump said he & # 39; much support & # 39; had for his position and that & # 39; no one will offer me anything bad & # 39 ;.
& # 39; That cannot happen to our country, and everyone understands that, & # 39; Trump tried to explain.
& # 39; If you don't hear what it is, you don't know what it is? & # 39; he said.
& # 39; If I don't listen, you won't know, & # 39; he said.
After first evaluating the strange dirt, & # 39; if I thought something was wrong or was mentioned badly, I would report to the FBI or to law enforcement, absolutely, & # 39; Trump explained.
Trump mentioned his recent meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and heads of state, saying that as president he can hear things that others don't hear.
President Trump participated in a call-in interview with & # 39; Fox and Friends & # 39; Friday
& # 39; No one will say bad things to me. They know that I am a very straightforward player, & he said.
Democrats hammered on Trump on Thursday for its first statement after being broadcast on ABC News this week, saying it was an open invitation for Russia to get involved in the American elections again.
Landlord Nancy Pelosi said the comments from Trump & he don't know well of evil & # 39 ;.
The president struck the speaker. & # 39; It's a fascist statement, it's a shameful statement, & # 39; told Trump interviewer Steve Doocy, before returning to his usual insults. & # 39; I call her & # 39; Nervous Nancy, & # 39; she's a nervous wreck. & # 39;
The Fox interview with Trump came after he adopted a more challenging attitude on Thursday and said it was & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; was to expect that he would call the FBI. He also told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he had never called the FBI in his life, even though a 1981 memo revealed that Trump had gone to the FBI to propose setting up informers at his proposed casino in Atlantic City.
Trump tweeted on Thursday that he cannot expect to call the FBI after meeting characters like the & # 39; Prince of Whales & # 39; and the & # 39; Queen of England & # 39 ;, weirdly suggesting that they might have given him some & # 39; n garbage.
Trump & # 39; s defense of his position – and his whale of a typo for the title of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, with whom he dined last week – came when prominent Democrats called on his remarks and renewed calls to start his deposition, fired.
& # 39; I meet and talk to & # 39; every day foreign governments & # 39;, & # 39; Trump wrote on Thursday morning on Twitter.
& # 39; I just met the Queen of England (U.K.), the Prince of Whales, the P.M. from the United Kingdom, the P.M. of Ireland, the President of France and the President of Poland. We were talking about & # 39; Everything! & # 39;
He continued: & # 39; Should I immediately … call the FBI about these calls and meetings? How ridiculous! I would never be trusted again. With that being said, my full answer is rarely played by the Fake News Media. They deliberately omit the part that matters, & Trump added.
He referred to his state visit to the UK earlier this month, which included meetings with Queen Elizabeth II and her son Prince Charles. The British monarch is the head of state, not the head of government, and the royal family is by convention excluded from participating in politics.
It would be an extraordinary violation of the British constitution for both the queen and the future king to pass dirt on to Trump about his political opponents.
Nancy Pelosi said it showed that he did not know right and wrong, while in 2020 Democratic candidates, including Elizabeth Warren, put up calls for deposition.
President Donald Trump said that if foreign governments were to offer his campaign malicious information against his rivals in 2020 during the upcoming presidential race, he would rather take up & # 39; or not at all go to federal authorities in an exclusive interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopolous
ABC has sent several quotes from Trump explaining his position. Interviewer George Stephanopoulos, who spent two days with Trump this week and traveled aboard Air Force One, made offers of foreign trash on a day when Donald Trump Jr. gave testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Trump Jr. took on a famous meeting in Trump Tower in 2016 after offering dirt to rival Hillary Clinton who was described as coming from the Russian government.
& # 39; It's not interference, they have information – I think I'd take it, & # 39; said Trump. & # 39; If I thought something was wrong, I might go to the FBI – if I thought something was wrong. & # 39;
In a hypothetical interview, Trump put forward a scenario in which Norway provides information about a campaign derivative.
& # 39; I think you may want to listen, there is nothing wrong with listening. If someone calls from a country, Norway, (and said) & # 39; we have information about your opponent & # 39 ;, then I think I want to hear it. & # 39;
His Thursday tweets also mentioned Emmanuel Macron, the French president, with whom he had conversations after celebrating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Polish president Andrzej Duda, with whom he spent Wednesday in the Oval Office and the Prime Minister of Ireland, Led Vardkar, who he met when he landed in Ireland, where he was staying between visiting Britain and France.
These three figures use – in contrast to the British royal families – political power.
Do you want to know a Secret? Trump claims that since he met Queen Elizabeth II, and the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles – whom he called the Prince of the Whales – he cannot expect he will call the FBI if a foreign government offered him a foul
Condemnation: Landlord Nancy Pelosi used her weekly press conference on Thursday morning to say: & # 39; What the president said last night, shows again and again that he does not know the difference between good and evil. And that's probably the best thing I can say about him. & # 39;
SO WHAT SHOULD DO IF A FOREIGN LEADER OFFERS HIM DIRT?
The simple answer seems to be calling the FBI – or filing a lawsuit. But in reality there are many obstacles in the way of persecution.
Under 11 CFR § 110.20 (b), the Campaign Financing Act prohibits an alien from & # 39; money or anything of value & # 39; contribute or donate, or even promise to do so explicitly or implicitly, in connection with a federal, state, or local federal state. election. & # 39;
That makes it punishable for the foreign actor.
And the same laws also make it illegal to accept such a contribution in kind or a gift. & # 39; Just listening & # 39; dirt certainly sounds like a gift in kind – even if Trump did nothing with it, it was given with the intention of harming his opponent, so qualifies as a & # 39; contribution & # 39 ;.
But the law also says that the contribution is a & # 39; substantial help & # 39; must be.
Or & # 39; just listen & # 39; & # 39; substantial help & # 39; is – the next test for prosecutors – is harder to say.
If Trump didn't do anything with the information, it wouldn't have helped him.
There is little case law to help prosecutors or a possible defense of Trump.
The Mueller report avoided the problem of defining whether the Trump campaign completely violated the law by suggesting that those involved in the infamous Trump Tower meeting were unfamiliar with campaign financing legislation – something that does not count as a defense against most laws, but campaign financing.
And no one has been prosecuted for offering or taking foreign aid & # 39; in kind & # 39; as opposed to money, which is another potential barrier to successful prosecution.
A bill proposed to the Senate by, among others, the 2020 Democratic candidate Amy Klobuchar wants to make clear that any investigation offered by a foreign government would be a contribution and therefore accepting it would be a reason for prosecution.
However, it is legal for a cameracampaign to hire foreign aid to investigate the backgrounds of opponents and their actions abroad.
That was what Hillary Clinton's campaign ultimately did by asking opposition members Fusion GPS to look at Trump because the firm then contracted ex-British spy Christopher Steele to conduct research in Russia.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigated in his report whether it was a violation of campaign financing laws for top Trump campaign employees who had accepted information because it could be valuable.
But the prosecutors concluded that the officials who had attended the meeting might not have been fully aware of the campaign financing law at the time.
Democrats slammed Trump for his statement to ABC.
Landlord Nancy Pelosi used her weekly press conference on Thursday morning to say: & # 39; What the president said last night shows again and again that he does not know the difference between good and evil. And that's probably the best thing I can say about him. & # 39;
Wrote the Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts: & # 39; A foreign government attacked our 2016 elections to support Trump, Trump welcomed that help and Trump obstructed the investigation. & # 39; (Mueller refused in his report to determine whether Trump was blocking justice.) & # 39;
& # 39; Now, he said he would do it again, & # 39; she continued. & # 39; It's time to blame Donald Trump. & # 39;
Texas Democratic Representative Beto O & Rourke tweeted: & # 39; When the President of the United States openly welcomes foreign aid to win an election, he threatens the core of our democracy. If we want to guarantee justice and ensure that this never happens again, we must blame him. & # 39;
The tweets about meeting foreign leaders were followed by another tirade, directed against the Democrats, but apparently confused or misled.
Trump broadcasted tweets that Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the chief Democrat of the Senate Intelligence Commission, and Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, cried out.
However, Trump seems to have merged Warner with Schiff and has misinterpreted important details of the incident he wanted to describe. Trump also said that Schiff should have called the FBI when he was caught by a bunch of Russian comedians when Schiff was actually told on the tape that he would call the FBI.
Trump wrote: & When Senator @MarkWarner spoke in great detail about extremely negative information about me, with a talented entertainer claiming to be a Russian operator, did he immediately call the FBI? NO, he has not even told the Senate Intelligence Commission of … of which he is a member.
& # 39; When @RepAdamSchiff received a call from another person, also very successful claiming to be a Russian operator, did he call the FBI or did he even think he should call the FBI? NO! & # 39; & # 39;
& # 39; The fact is that the fake Witch Hunt is a giant scam where Democrats … and other really bad people, DRESSED ON MY CAMPAIGN! They even had an & # 39; insurance policy & # 39; in case Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democrats lost their presidency race! This is the biggest and worst political scandal in the history of the United States of America. Sad! & # 39;
Warner's press secretary, Rachel Cohen, was stunned. & # 39; this never happened. literally, I have NO idea what he's talking about & # 39 ;, she wrote in response to Trump's tweet.
It is possible that the president referred to Warner's texts with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch. Those conversations, as reported by Fox news, were part of an attempt to contact former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. However, the lobbyist is a real person, not an entertainer who claims to be a Russian agent.
And there's more: Trump attacked Mark Warner with the claim that he was cheated by Russian comedians, which didn't happen. Warner said he thinks Trump put him in contact with Adam Schiff, who was cheated, but who told the two comedians that he would call the FBI
Confused? Trump launched a broad side to Mark Warner, minority leader of the Senate Intel Committee (left), claiming he had received a call from a Russian & # 39; entertainer & # 39; and the FBI had not called. In fact, it was Adam Schiff, chairman of the Intel commission of the house (right) who was misled by two Russian comedians, but decided that he would call the FBI
In 2018, Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, fell victim to a joke by two Russian comedians who came along & # 39; Vovan & # 39; and & # 39; Lexus & # 39; and posing as Andriy Parubiy, the speaker of the Ukrainian parliament.
They told Schiff that they had taken naked photos of Trump from his fake affair with a Ukrainian model.
Despite the joke, Schiff says he will do exactly what Trump says he didn't – think about calling the FBI.
Schiff says in the joke: & # 39; I will contact the FBI about this. And we will make agreements with your staff. I think it is probably best to provide this material to our committee and the FBI. & # 39;
Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley also joked at the couple when she started a conversation about the fictional country of Binomo.
DailyMail.com reached to the White House for comment and further explanation of the Warner and Schiff tweets.
Warner destroyed Trump & # 39; s remarks about accepting counterpart from a foreign power and not calling on the FBI.
& # 39; The last time this president launched a & # 39; Russia, if you listen & # 39 ;, Russian agents sent phishing emails to their opponents the same day. This is not a blunder or difference of opinion.
& # 39; The President has given Russia the green light to get involved in the 2020 elections & # 39 ;, Warner wrote, referring to Trump's request during the campaign that Russia receive thousands of deleted emails from Clinton. Trump later said he was joking.
Warner also intended to enact legislation requiring campaigns to alert the FBI when a foreign power provides information. & # 39; If the President and his campaign cannot be trusted to do the right thing and report foreign interference to the FBI, then we must make it a legal requirement by signing my bill, the FIRE Act, & # 39; , he wrote.
He told a CNN reporter at the Capitol that he & # 39; no idea & # 39; had what Trump was talking about, but said that Trump might have mixed him with Schiff about the Russian joke incident.
Warner said & # 39; of course & # 39; that he would contact the FBI if a campaign against an opponent was offered.
Trump's surrogates suggested that he simply did what Hillary Clinton had done through her file financing campaign prepared by Christopher Steele, including the unverified claim that the president paid Russian prostitutes to pee on a bed that Barack Obama had ever slept.
Probably the case of Trump: the President's son has retweeted Fox News host Mark Levin, who has the file & # 39; golden showers & # 39; and regards the acceptance of foreign pollution as equivalent
Home minority leader Kevin McCarthy said he had not heard the Speaker say "shocked" during the Clinton campaign to pay for foreign opposition investigations, meaning the & # 39; golden showers & # 39; file.
Among those arguing for equality were his son Donald Trump Jr., who was interrogated by Warner on Wednesday, who retweeted Fox News broadcaster Mark Levin.
Levin, now Trump's favorite, wrote: & uh, do you remember the file? Written by a foreigner who claims to have information from, among others, Russians; paid by the HC campaign & DNC; used by the Obama admin, promoted by the media, etc. … But these clowns are appalled by Trump & # 39; s answer, lol. & # 39;
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