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Democrats: Trump comments give green light to foreign election meddling


Added 06-13-19 09:10:02pm EST - “Democratic lawmakers accused President Donald Trump on Thursday of giving Russia...” - Reuters.com

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers accused President Donald Trump on Thursday of giving Russia the green light to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential race, while a top Republican ally said Trump was wrong to say he would accept political dirt from foreign sources.

The uproar followed televised comments in which the U.S. president told ABC News he would be willing to listen to such damaging information about political opponents as he seeks re-election.

“I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening,” Trump said in an interview aired on Wednesday.

“It’s not an interference. They have information, I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI - if I thought there was something wrong.”

Trump’s comments came less than three months after Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted a report that found Russia waged a hacking and influence campaign to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

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