Graham Thinks It Was a ‘Mistake’ for Trump to Say He’s Open to Getting Foreign Dirt on Political Rivals

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is calling President Donald Trump’s comments a “mistake” after the president claimed he’d accept foreign dirt on political opponents.

The president stirred up controversy when he said during Wednesday’s ABC News interview that he doesn’t see anything wrong in accepting damaging information on opponents from a foreign government, as IJR News reported.

“I think you might want to listen, there’s nothing wrong with listening,” Trump said, adding, “[…] 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.”

However, Graham is suggesting Trump is “wrong” on his statement.

“I think that’s wrong. That’s a mistake,” Graham told reporters on Thursday. “I’ve been consistent on this. If a public official is approached by a foreign government offering anything of value … the right answer is ‘no.’”

“I’m hoping some of my Democratic colleagues will take more seriously the fact that Christopher Steele was a foreign agent paid for by the Democratic Party,” he added.

See Graham’s comments below:

Additionally, Graham responded to Trump’s statement in a tweet thread:

“First, I believe that it should be practice for all public officials who are contacted by a foreign government with an offer of assistance to their campaign – either directly or indirectly – to inform the FBI and reject the offer.”

The president tried to defend his comments, tweeting on Thursday morning:

Trump’s remarks have only opened him up to more criticism from congressional Democrats, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during Thursday’s press conference that it’s “evidence that he does not know right from wrong,” as IJR Blue reported.

In another view, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said during a news conference, “I know this president would not want any foreign government interfering in this election.”

However, “The answer is ‘no.’ It’s got to be ‘no,'” Graham said, putting his foot down on the president or any members of Congress accepting campaign dirt from a foreign government.

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molan
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molan

It wasn’t a mistake, he did it on purpose, he didn’t actually do any of the things he said, but now it is out there and the people that can’t figure out, this is how hillary and the dems illegally set up the phony dossier to to influence a presidential election

ivan
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ivan

The main problem with the dossier, aside from the fact it was not verified, is that it was used to fool a Visa Court to obtain a license, in effect, to spy on the opposition-this was fraud perpetrated by Trump haters. Hillary and the Democrats went FAR beyond what Trump said in respose to a HYPOTHETICAL question the answer to which he subsequently clarified on Fox.

Screwtape
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There’s “dirt” and then there’s “dirt”. If Russia comes up with tales of Comrade Bernie’s time in Russia or Gropin’ Joes workings in Ukraine and China come to light then, yes, they are information.

They should be strictly vetted, scrutinized, and verified, something that NEVER happened with the Steele *ahem* dossier.

Peeing on a bed is not crime. Selling out US military secrets and genuinely colluding with the “enemy” is.

General Confusion
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If Iran had given secret/private politicial info to Obama and the Republicans found out about it what would the Republican reaction be to that?

I am confused.

Paul
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So exactly what did Trump get from the Russians? Mueller said “nothing of significance” So where’s the issue again?

General Confusion
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You are confused, Paul. I didn’t mention any particular person.

I just proposed a hypothetical situation of a similiar, future occurance with a future Democratic president and asked what a Republican response would be.

How different would that reaction be to what just happened now?

Paul
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Hypotheticals are just that. Try actually defining a crime he committed. We don’t play guilt by insinuation is not allowed, at least according to our current justice system.

Phoenix
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Nice adding in the Christopher Steele as though thats exactly the same thing.

The president was asked if approached by a foriegn government, would he accept dirt on an opponent and he said yes.

The Democrats were not offered dirt by a foreign government. They hired an American opposition research company that hired someone who is not part of a foreign government to complete opposition research.

Both are not great, but one is significantly worse.

Michael
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Graham is talking out of both sides of his mouth.

Screwtape
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True. The Steele Dossier was not offered. It was commissioned, bought and paid for by Americans (Hillary and the DNC) who tried to use a cutout law firm (can’t recall the name Coe & something like that).

Using a cutout is something used by people who know they’re doing something wrong.

FYI, Christopher Steele is a Brit, not American. That makes him foreign. He took whatever the Russians could make up (probably laughing over vodka shots).

Phoenix
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He was a contractor from Britain hired by an American company, but he was not associated with a foreign government in any current capacity.

The president was asked about accepting information from a foreign government and he said he would.

If you do not see the difference then you are purposefully looking the other way.

Nancy Assaf
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Goodness! Could you stop acting like the Democrat Party isn’t as corrupt as the Republican Party? It’s really boring to read.

Phoenix
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Its pretty common for the opposite party to keep the other in check – maybe you should try reading mystery novels for kicks if politics bore you.

Its pretty clear you don’t have anything to add to this conversation.

Paul
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Yes, hiring a foreigner to gather scoop from an enemy is definitely worse.

Phoenix
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How is that worse to work with a private citizen with limited resources or stake in the election than working with a foreign government with unlimited resources and a high stake in the election?

They are both bad – what Trump said he would do is a definite felony as confirmed by the FBI and even on Fox News if you’d rather that source.

I’m not saying Clinton was a saint and should be president, but the president proved he is no better and just as unfit.

Paul
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If you can’t tell the difference then you are lost. Just look at how stupid that comment is. So it’s okay to solicit help from Russia to use against your opponent, but if they approach you, for free, that is a crime? Really??? Do you even think about what you write before you write it. I know this is actually Mr. McCabe who will never rise again like a Phoenix.

Paul
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So how do you feel about Obama spending $300K to influence Israel’s election?

Phoenix
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As that is not against US laws, i don’t care other than concern for foreign relations. That has been done by most modern presidents so its goofy to single out Obama.

Also, a bit off topic from the sitting president openly soliciting foreign governments to help him win an election on national television.

Paul
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HE didn’t solicit help, as you probably got the twisted version of what he actually said. He said “Russia, if you have the emails, there are a number of media outlets that would love to have them.” That is not an invitation for himself or for them to hack anything. It was a simply statement, as joke to boot. Left has no sense of humor concerning anything Trump. You guys miss so much.

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