During an explosive ABC News interview on Wednesday, Trump said "there's nothing wrong with listening" to information provided by a foreign government about a political opponent, adding that he would not feel obligated to report it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Some Democratic presidential candidates renewed their call to impeach the president. "But of course, you give it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or report to the attorney general or somebody like that".
"I think it's a mistake", said Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"Let me make something 100% clear to the American public or anyone running for public office: It is illegal to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a US election", Ellen Weintraub tweeted. Legal experts say knowingly soliciting information from a foreign entity would also be illegal. 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. But people who attended the meeting said later it focused on other matters.
CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted that what Trump said shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee expressed alarm at Trump's comments. He documented extensive contacts https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-collusion/mueller-finds-no-conspiracy-but-extensive-trump-russia-contacts-idUSKCN1RU2MA between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, but did not establish that members of the campaign conspired with Moscow. "The President has given Russian Federation the green light to interfere in the 2020 election", Warner wrote on Twitter earlier.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a working lunch with governors on workforce freedom and mobility in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2019.
President Donald Trump - with a forceful guiding hand from the "Fox and Friends" hosts - tried to clean up his comments on accepting foreign "oppo research" about his political enemies Friday morning. While some 2020 Democratic presidential candidates renewed their call to impeach the president, Trump's comments did not seem to move House Democrats who have been on the fence closer to initiating impeachment proceedings.
"I thought it was made clear", Trump said of his initial comments, made in an interview with ABC News, which caused an uproar. Now, he said he'd do it all over again.