Mike Pompeo: Trump will ‘do the right thing’ if offered foreign election help


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If President Donald Trump gets offered foreign dirt on an opponent in 2020, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday adamantly said the president would "do the right thing," though he didn’t specify what the right thing might be.

Trump told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos last week that if he were to receive foreign help in an election, he would likely hear it out and may not report it to the FBI. The remarks ricocheted across Washington, drawing stern condemnation from across the political spectrum. Trump later somewhat rolled back his remarks on “Fox & Friends,“ saying that he would "of course" notify the FBI, but only after first reviewing the information.

As many in Washington reminded the president last week, receiving substantial help from a foreign entity is illegal in U.S. elections.

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Pete Buttigieg: Trump immigration approach backward


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Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s administration has a completely backward approach to solving rising influxes of illegal immigration, focusing too heavily on criminalizing migrants.

Many migrants, he said, are not coming to the United States to pursue the American dream, but rather to flee violence in Central America.

Buttigieg said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that supporting stability in the region would be a far more sustainable solution than separating families and caging migrants as the Trump administration has done. But, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, pointed out, the Trump administration is threatening to decrease spending in developing and improving the area.

"We’ve got this completely upside down," Buttigieg told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

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AOC: Excited to work with Ted Cruz


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she is "extraordinarily excited" to work with an ideological opposite, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), confirming that friendly Twitter talk between the two was more than just for show.

Speaking on ABC News’ "This Week," the New York Democrat said her team has been in communication with Cruz’s, though the two lawmakers have not yet met in person. The two high-profile lawmakers surprised many of their colleagues when they came together on Twitter to address some issues, from birth control to banning lawmakers from later becoming lobbyists.

"We have an ongoing working relationship and I’m extraordinarily excited in seeing what we can accomplish," Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday.

"I never thought I’d say it," she added laughing.

The unlikely pact formed late last month when Cruz tweeted to say that he agreed with Ocasio-Cortez on banning members of Congress from using their connections after leaving office to lobby.

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Ocasio-Cortez: Impeachment is not about elections


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday repeated her call for impeaching President Donald Trump, saying that the matter transcends party lines and that progressives were getting frustrated with the lack of motion on the issue.

"This question should not be about polls. It should not be about elections. I think that impeachment is incredibly serious and this is about the presence of evidence that the president may have committed a crime," the New York Democrat said on ABC News’ "This Week," adding “in this case, more than one.”

When asked about progressive members’ feelings about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision not to pursue impeachment, Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged they were frustrated but that tides are changing in their favor. The freshman congresswoman pushed back on the notion that freshman members who flipped formerly Republican seats were virtually all opposed to impeachment, saying "some of these dynamics are changing" and many of those Continue reading “Ocasio-Cortez: Impeachment is not about elections”

Trump: ‘I run the country’


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President Donald Trump stood firm in his belief that former special counsel Robert Mueller absolved him of any crimes, adding that he had every right to fire Mueller if he wanted to.

Speaking with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an interview segment broadcast Sunday morning, Trump dove into the Mueller investigation into the 2016 election, justifying his decision not to speak with the special counsel’s team.

While denying he ever had any such plans, the president also argued that firing Mueller would not have amounted to obstruction (but denied he ever had any such plans). Former White House Counsel Don McGahn has testified that Trump wanted to fire Mueller, which Trump disputed during the interview.

"A president can’t obstruct justice?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"A president can run the country," Trump responded. "And that’s what happened, George. I run the country."

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Trump: ‘I run the country’


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President Donald Trump stood firm in his belief that former special counsel Robert Mueller absolved him of any crimes, adding that he had every right to fire Mueller if he wanted to.

Speaking with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an interview segment broadcast Sunday morning, Trump dove into the Mueller investigation into the 2016 election, justifying his decision not to speak with the special counsel’s team.

While denying he ever had any such plans, the president also argued that firing Mueller would not have amounted to obstruction (but denied he ever had any such plans). Former White House Counsel Don McGahn has testified that Trump wanted to fire Mueller, which Trump disputed during the interview.

"A president can’t obstruct justice?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"A president can run the country," Trump responded. "And that’s what happened, George. I run the country."

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Trump slams NYT report on U.S. cyber attacks against Russia


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President Donald Trump lashed out at The New York Times on Saturday for a report that the United States has been increasing its cyber intrusions into Russia, escalating tensions between the two countries.

The Times reported that the United States has increased measures to penetrate Russia’s power grid as a message to Moscow to stay out of American cyber infrastructure. The efforts lay an aggressive groundwork for an attack on the Russian grid on an unprecedented scale if the two countries were to enter into conflict, the Times reported.

The escalation has prompted fears of overheating tensions with Russia, the Times reported. Exactly how deeply the U.S. has penetrated Russian systems remains classified.

Citing administration officials, the Times also reported Trump was not briefed in detail on the program out of fear that he would spill secrets to Russians as he did with classified information to the Russian ambassador Continue reading “Trump slams NYT report on U.S. cyber attacks against Russia”

‘Enjoy the show!’: Trump hypes controversial Stephanopoulos interview


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President Donald Trump on Saturday hyped his forthcoming full interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, excerpts of which shook allies and opponents alike this week when the president revealed he would take foreign help if offered in the lead up to the 2020 election.

Trump invited Stephanopoulos to the White House and on a trip to Iowa this past week, breaking away from his routine of calling into or appearing on conservative cable news and opinion shows. During their time together, Trump made comments to Stephanopoulos that ricocheted across Washington, including saying that he would likely accept opposition information from foreign sources if offered in the next presidential campaign.

In a Twitter thread posted Saturday night, Trump said he had a positive experience with Stephanopoulos, adding that he thought other news outlets misinterpreted his comments. The president also said that he would consider doing more interviews with network news.

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‘Enjoy the show!’: Trump hypes controversial Stephanopoulos interview


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President Donald Trump on Saturday hyped his forthcoming full interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, excerpts of which shook allies and opponents alike this week when the president revealed he would take foreign help if offered in the lead up to the 2020 election.

Trump invited Stephanopoulos to the White House and on a trip to Iowa this past week, breaking away from his routine of calling into or appearing on conservative cable news and opinion shows. During their time together, Trump made comments to Stephanopoulos that ricocheted across Washington, including saying that he would likely accept opposition information from foreign sources if offered in the next presidential campaign.

In a Twitter thread posted Saturday night, Trump said he had a positive experience with Stephanopoulos, adding that he thought other news outlets misinterpreted his comments. The president also said that he would consider doing more interviews with network news.

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Buttigieg: Justice Dept. should decide any Trump charges post-2020


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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said that if elected, he would leave the Justice Department to operate independently of the White House during any potential criminal investigations into President Donald Trump.

"Nobody is above the law and prosecution decisions should have nothing to do with politics and should come from the DOJ itself, not from the Oval Office," Buttigieg told CNN’s Jake Tapper in a preview of an interview to be aired Sunday.

Buttigieg’s remark comes in contrast with his Democratic rival Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who said if she was elected the Justice Department would have "no choice" but to charge Trump with obstruction of justice if he were to finish his term without being impeached. Harris, a former California attorney general, told NPR that former special counsel Robert Mueller had essentially set the stage for criminal charges against Trump, and only a Justice Department policy barring prosecuting Continue reading “Buttigieg: Justice Dept. should decide any Trump charges post-2020”

Buttigieg: Justice Dept. should decide any Trump charges post-2020


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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said that if elected, he would leave the Justice Department to operate independently of the White House during any potential criminal investigations into President Donald Trump.

"Nobody is above the law and prosecution decisions should have nothing to do with politics and should come from the DOJ itself, not from the Oval Office," Buttigieg told CNN’s Jake Tapper in a preview of an interview to be aired Sunday.

Buttigieg’s remark comes in contrast with his Democratic rival Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who said if she was elected the Justice Department would have "no choice" but to charge Trump with obstruction of justice if he were to finish his term without being impeached. Harris, a former California attorney general, told NPR that former special counsel Robert Mueller had essentially set the stage for criminal charges against Trump, and only a Justice Department policy barring prosecuting Continue reading “Buttigieg: Justice Dept. should decide any Trump charges post-2020”

Trump says he was briefed on Navy sightings of UFOs


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President Donald Trump said he’d been briefed on Navy pilots reporting increased sightings of unidentified flying objects, adding that he doesn’t particularly believe in UFOs.

Speaking with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an interview segment released Saturday, Trump raised his eyebrows and grinned incredulously when asked what he made of the reports.

"I want them to think whatever they think," Trump said of the Navy pilots. "I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly."

The Navy recently drafted new guidelines for how to report encounters with "unidentified aircraft" in response to reports of sophisticated vessels intruding on Navy strike groups, POLITICO reported in April. Pilots reported seeing objects flying at 30,000 feet with no exhaust plumes and at supersonic speeds, according to The New York Times.

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Trump says he was briefed on Navy sightings of UFOs


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President Donald Trump said he’d been briefed on Navy pilots reporting increased sightings of unidentified flying objects, adding that he doesn’t particularly believe in UFOs.

Speaking with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an interview segment released Saturday, Trump raised his eyebrows and grinned incredulously when asked what he made of the reports.

"I want them to think whatever they think," Trump said of the Navy pilots. "I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly."

The Navy recently drafted new guidelines for how to report encounters with "unidentified aircraft" in response to reports of sophisticated vessels intruding on Navy strike groups, POLITICO reported in April. Pilots reported seeing objects flying at 30,000 feet with no exhaust plumes and at supersonic speeds, according to The New York Times.

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McConnell downplays Trump’s foreign election help comments


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President Donald Trump’s comments on accepting foreign dirt in 2020 may have put some distance between him and Republicans in Congress.

But seemingly not with Mitch McConnell.

Speaking with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Thursday night, the Senate majority leader spoke with exasperation over the backlash the president has received for saying he would hear out foreign assistance if offered in the 2020 election. McConnell portrayed the comments as a non-story, saying Congress had legislative agendas to focus on.

"They just can’t let it go, Laura," McConnell said. "I said weeks ago, case closed. We got the Mueller report, the only objective evaluation that will be conducted."

Trump told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an interview segment published Wednesday that if foreign agents were to offer dirt on an opponent in 2020, he would likely accept it and not report it to the FBI. The remark drew fierce rebuttals Continue reading “McConnell downplays Trump’s foreign election help comments”

‘Let me make something 100% clear’: FEC chair lays down the law on foreign help


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The head of the Federal Election Commission released a statement on Thursday evening reiterating, emphatically, that foreign assistance is illegal in U.S. elections.

“Let me make something 100% clear to the American public and anyone running for public office: It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election,“ wrote Ellen Weintraub, chairwoman of the FEC. “This is not a novel concept.“

She also sent the statement via Twitter with the introductory line: “I would not have thought that I needed to say this.“

Weintraub‘s statement comes after President Donald Trump told ABC News that he would probably hear out opposition information offered by a foreign national if given the chance in 2020. He also said he might not tell the FBI about it, even though bureau Director Christopher Wray said such Continue reading “‘Let me make something 100% clear’: FEC chair lays down the law on foreign help”

‘Life doesn’t work that way’: Trump says he might not report foreign help to FBI


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President Donald Trump says he might not report to the FBI any election help offered by a foreign source in the 2020 election cycle.

In an excerpt from an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos published on Wednesday, the president pushed back when asked whether a candidate should report information on an opponent if it came from a foreign agent, and denied that accepting the information counted as election interference.

“It’s called oppo research,” Trump said.

Stephanopoulos pointed out that FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress that a candidate should offer that kind of information to the agency, but Trump flatly rebuffed the notion: “The FBI director is wrong.”

“Give me a break,” Trump said, scoffing. “Life doesn’t work that way.”

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‘Life doesn’t work that way’: Trump says he might not report foreign help to FBI


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President Donald Trump says he might not report to the FBI any election help offered by a foreign source in the 2020 election cycle.

In an excerpt from an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos published on Wednesday, the president pushed back when asked whether a candidate should report information on an opponent if it came from a foreign agent, and denied that accepting the information counted as election interference.

“It’s called oppo research,” Trump said.

Stephanopoulos pointed out that FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress that a candidate should offer that kind of information to the agency, but Trump flatly rebuffed the notion: “The FBI director is wrong.”

“Give me a break,” Trump said, scoffing. “Life doesn’t work that way.”

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‘Life doesn’t work that way’: Trump says he might not report foreign help to FBI


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President Donald Trump says he might not report to the FBI any election help offered by a foreign source in the 2020 election cycle.

In an excerpt from an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos published on Wednesday, the president pushed back when asked whether a candidate should report information on an opponent if it came from a foreign agent, and denied that accepting the information counted as election interference.

“It’s called oppo research,” Trump said.

Stephanopoulos pointed out that FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress that a candidate should offer that kind of information to the agency, but Trump flatly rebuffed the notion: “The FBI director is wrong.”

“Give me a break,” Trump said, scoffing. “Life doesn’t work that way.”

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Kamala Harris: Justice Dept. has ‘no choice’ but to charge Trump if he loses in 2020


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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said the Justice Department would have “no choice” but to charge President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice if he finished his term without being impeached.

Speaking with NPR’s Scott Detrow in an interview published Wednesday, Harris said special counsel Robert Mueller essentially set the stage for criminal charges against Trump with his investigation into the 2016 election. Longstanding Justice Department policy says that a sitting president cannot be indicted, and Harris said that was essentially the only reason Mueller did not charge Trump.

All that would change in 2021 if the Democratic presidential hopeful were in the White House and the Justice Department were under her watch, she said.

“I believe that they would have no choice, and that they should,” Harris said of the Justice Department’s charging Trump with obstruction. “I believe there should be accountability. Everyone should be held accountable. And the Continue reading “Kamala Harris: Justice Dept. has ‘no choice’ but to charge Trump if he loses in 2020”

Trump calls Pelosi a ‘nasty, vindictive, horrible person’


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President Donald Trump on Thursday called Nancy Pelosi a “nasty, vindictive, horrible person” in response to the House speaker telling lawmakers she wanted Trump to go to prison.

“I think she’s a disgrace. I don’t think she’s a talented person,” Trump said of Pelosi. “I’ve tried to be nice to her because I would have liked to have gotten some deals done. She’s incapable of doing deals. She’s a nasty, vindictive, horrible person.”

POLITICO reported Wednesday that Pelosi said she wanted Trump to go to prison while pushing back on Democratic efforts to impeach the president, saying that she wants him defeated in 2020 and later charged for crimes.

Pelosi has frustrated some in her party for rebuffing calls for the president’s impeachment following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Pelosi’s allies have said impeachment would go nowhere with a Republican-controlled Senate.

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