Pompeo Hits Media For Obsessing Over Trump’s Foreign Oppo Comment

President Trump participates in a working lunch with governors in the Cabinet Room at the White House on Thursday

"It's both unbelievable and all too believable", Buttigieg told "State of the Union" host Jake Tapper.

"The president has either learned nothing from the last two years or picked up exactly the wrong lesson that he can accept gleefully foreign assistance again and escape the punishment of the law", said Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Kamala Harris' (D-CA) promise to have her Justice Department prosecute Trump if she were elected, the South Bend mayor indicated that he'd leave that decision to the DOJ. "Period", said Republican Senator Mike Rounds. "It doesn't require the Oval Office putting any kind of thumb on the scale".

In an interview that aired Wednesday, ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked the president if he would accept dirt from Russian Federation or China if it were offered to him or turn it over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trump's new stance was a walk back - to a degree - after he set off a Washington firestorm earlier in the week by asserting he would not necessarily contact law enforcement if offered damaging material from an overseas source.

"We have many, many conversations", Trump said. Just what you'd expect an innocent person to say, basically.

Asked why McGahn would lie to US investigators - a federal crime - Trump said: "He wanted to make himself look like a good lawyer".

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The president's claim that he never tried to fire the special counsel is contradicted by the Mueller report, which outlines multiple instances reported by former White House Counsel Don McGahn when Trump instructed McGahn to have the acting attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, dismiss Mueller.

When the ABC anchor referred to the FBI director telling Congress his agency should be made aware of any such foreign election meddling, Mr Trump said: "The FBI director is wrong".

Politically, of course, it would have looked bad, but legally a president has the same rights to remain silent as any other American.

The hypocrisy of Trump's Democratic Party opponents knows no bounds. When Stephanopoulos noted that the FBI director said a candidate should inform the bureau, Trump snapped, "The FBI director is wrong".

McGahn was a crucial witness for Mueller, spending hours with investigators and offering detailed statements about episodes central to the special counsel's investigation into possible obstruction of justice.

Cohen led efforts during the 2016 presidential campaign to build a Trump project in Moscow, and even sought help from the Kremlin, according to the Mueller report. "I never suggested firing Mueller". Trump said. "Do you know that I don't even think they had a site?" Or he believed it because I would constantly tell anybody that would listen - including you, including the media - that Robert Mueller was conflicted. "She's a nervous wreck, for her to make a statement like that, it's outrageous. It's time to impeach Donald Trump", the 2020 presidential hopeful tweeted.

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