President Donald Trump’s admission this week that he would be open to accepting political dirt from a foreign power has intelligence veterans “stunned” and “saddened.”
It has also reportedly demoralized FBI agents tasked with combatting foreign interference in US elections.
“This is the single most damaging statement Trump has made since taking office,” one former senior DOJ official told INSIDER.
James Baker, the former general counsel of the FBI, told INSIDER Trump’s comments were “outrageous,” adding, “the president of the United States is making statements that foreign nationals could easily construe to mean that it’s open season on American elections.”
Trump and his allies have previously defended entertaining offers of foreign help, and the Trump 2020 campaign’s national press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said this week that staff should take his comments as a “directive” to approach offers of political dirt on a “case by case basis.”
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“Let me make something 100% clear to the American public and anyone running for public office,” Ellen Weintraub, the chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission, began in a statement this week. “It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value …read more
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