Trump reportedly clarified his comments this morning from his interview with George Stephanopoulos where he suggested he might not contact the FBI if someone from a foreign government offered him information about this opponent:
FOX NEWS – “If I was, and of course you have to look at it because if you don’t look at it you’re not going to know if it’s bad … of course you give it to the FBI or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that. But of course you’d do that, you couldn’t have that happen with our country,” he said.
On Friday, he seemed to say he’d report it to the FBI, at least if he sensed something was wrong. “If I thought anything was incorrect or badly stated, I’d report it to the attorney general, the FBI, I’d report it to law enforcement absolutely.”
But he also noted he is in constant contact with allies, such as during his recent trip to Europe where he spoke to Queen Elizabeth II, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron. “We have many conversations, and I’m thinking gee if they say ‘we don’t like your opponent’ am I supposed to, the president of France, am I supposed to report him to the FBI?” he asked.
Honestly this doesn’t sound a far cry different from what he said the other day. In that interview he said if he thought something was wrong he would contact the FBI.
EXCLUSIVE: Pres. Trump tells @GStephanopoulos he wouldn’t necessarily alert the FBI if approached by foreign figures with information on his 2020 opponent: “It’s not an interference. They have information. I think I’d take it.” https://t.co/yWRxMOaFqW pic.twitter.com/qwLw53s5yc
— ABC News (@ABC) June 12, 2019
Fox News continues…
Instead, he sought to bring attention back to the origins of the Russia probe, particularly the Democrat-funded anti-Trump dossier that was used by the FBI to begin surveillance on a Trump campaign aide. The Department of Justice is currently investigating its surveillance during the 2016 campaign, but Trump directly blamed the Democrats.
“Here’s the bottom line: they spied on my campaign and they got caught,” he said.
Saying the actions could constitute the biggest political crime in American history, he said: “They spied on the opposing party’s campaign using the intelligence apparatus of the United States.”
Trump slams Pelosi for her comments about a “criminal coverup” and suggests it’s her party that’s trying to cover up with Hillary did in 2016:
When presented with comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who accused him of a “criminal coverup” in terms of his conduct during the Russia investigation, Trump said that “it’s a fascist statement, it’s a disgraceful statement.”
“Her party got caught spying. If you look at what happened, Hillary Clinton with the money that ultimately went to Russia for the fake dossier, the totally fake pile of stuff….and the amount of money that was paid and was paid by Hillary Clinton and the DNC and it went to Russia, that’s the criminal,” he said.
He’s not wrong about this. Heck, I’m starting to see reports now that Democrats are trying to say that what Trump suggested in his interview is far worse than what Hillary did in 2016, which is preposterous.