"For a president to invite foreign powers to offer political candidates stolen information about his opponents is disgraceful", said Malinowski, a former assistant US secretary of state. "I think you might want to listen, there isn't anything wrong with listening", Trump said in an interview aired on Wednesday.
When asked if the DOJ would prosecute Trump after he was out of office should Harris win the White House, the former prosecutor said, 'I believe that they would have no choice and that they should, yes'. "Trump, if you got outraged over him saying I will listen, maybe him telling the Federal Bureau of Investigation, why don't you get outraged about the woman who paid for Russian lies and used it as a means to destroy Donald Trump and steal the election?"
She said Mr. Warner's bill was "over broad", and could require not only a candidate but every person hired or volunteering for a campaign to report every conversation they have with a foreigner.
The sentiment echoes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said earlier that she wants to see Trump behind bars. "I think it's a mistake", said Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
'Thing of value' Any foreign contribution of "money or other thing of value" violates U.S. campaign finance law. "The president has either learned nothing in the last two years or picked up exactly the wrong lesson - that he can accept gleefully foreign assistance again and escape the punishment of the law", Representative Adam Schiff said.
"Donald Trump is using the Department of Justice to run interference on his own behalf, and he's appointed an Attorney General to act like his personal defense lawyer, not the lawyer for the American people". Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) also called for impeachment hearings in response to Trump's remarks. "Who wouldn't? Probably if I were running in her position, I'd make the same statement".
The Justice Department is now investigating the origins of the 2016 counterintelligence probe into Trump campaign as well as the FBI's use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page. 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.