‘A National Security Threat’: 2020 Dems Slam Trump For Admitting He’d Take Foreign Help in Election

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President Donald Trump admitted Wednesday he would have no problem accepting dirt on his opponents from foreign governments during the next election — now those opponents are striking back.

Trump told ABC’s George Stepanapolus Wednesday that “the FBI director is wrong” in asking that presidential candidates inform the intelligence agency when foreign entities reach out to campaigns.

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

Both former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) called the president a national security threat.

“An American President should not seek their aid and abet those who seek to undermine democracy,” Biden tweeted Wednesday.

“China is listening. Russia is listening. North Korea is listening.” Harris warned.

Other candidates called Trump’s comments “disgraceful” and “inexcusable.”

Many candidates flat-out called for impeachment proceedings to begin, implying that the interview was the final nail in the coffin needed to convince House Democrats to take action.

Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke and Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) already were in favor of impeachment before Wednesday’s revealing interview. But Trump’s answer changed the mind of at least one more 2020 candidate.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) came out in support of impeachment following Trump’s interview after months of avoiding an outright call for the House to take action.

“Impeachment is the most extraordinary remedy the Constitution affords Congress. As a former prosecutor, I do not take this lightly,” he said in a statement Thursday.

“But this President continues to put his own interests above America’s; he is lawless. His relentless attacks on our rule of law and numerous efforts to obstruct justice and Congress have reached such a point to require extraordinary action. It’s time for Congress to open an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.”

Despite increased calls for impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stayed firm on avoiding taking the drastic action. Instead, she called upon the Senate to pass an already House-approved bill that seeks to protect future elections from foreign influence.

Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to defend himself. “I meet and talk to ‘foreign governments’ every day,” Trump said, referring to his recent meetings with leadership in western Europe, such as Queen Elizabeth. “Should I immediately call the FBI about these calls and meetings?”

All of Trump’s recent meetings were with U.S. allies. It is doubtful that the Queen of England offered Trump dirt on his political opponents.

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What an irresponsible move. Trump should not be allowed to hold office.





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