Trump says he'd 'of course' tell Federal Bureau of Investigation if he gets foreign dirt

Clay Curtis
June 15, 2019

"I don't care what he says". But he added that, "of course you give it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that".

Booker said Trump's comments were typical of the president's efforts to distract attention from the real story.

What did President Trump tell Fox?

"I actually said at the beginning, I said I'd do both". "If you don't hear what it is, you won't know what it is".

Asked by ABC News what he would do if Russian Federation or another country offered him dirt on his election opponent, Trump said: "I think I'd want to hear it".

Booker was responding to Trump's comments to ABC News that he would listen if a foreign adversary of the US had damaging information about his 2020 opponent. They have information, I think I'd take it.

An FBI counterintelligence investigation of Russian election activities in the 2016 presidential election sparked Mueller's probe, which confirmed United States intelligence agencies' findings that Russia worked to help Trump win.

And he stressed that as president he is in a different position than other Americans because of his constant interaction with world leaders like Queen Elizabeth II and French President Emmanuel Macron.

The president went on to say he made a decision to opt out of an interview with Mueller's investigators after realizing they were "looking to get him" and his staff for "lies or slight misstatements".

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An exhaustive 22-month special counsel investigation concluded that Trump's campaign had numerous contacts with Russians but the pattern did not amount to proof of a conspiracy with Moscow.

Further, Trump noted that Democrats spied on his candidacy, through the use of the intelligence community, and that is "probably the worst or certainly one of the worst political scandals in the history of our country".

"What the president said last night shows clearly, once again, over and over again, that he does not know the difference between right and wrong", said US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress. "She's a nervous wreck, for her to make a statement like that, it's outrageous".

"Her party got caught spying".

Trump seemed to become more frustrated as the interview proceeded.

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Trump's comments came just hours after Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-7th Dist., introduced legislation requiring campaign committees to tell the Justice Department if they are approached by foreign powers, the same way banks must file suspicious activity reports.

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