Published: Sun, June 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump says he'd 'of course' tell FBI if he gets foreign dirt

Trump says he'd 'of course' tell FBI if he gets foreign dirt

But in his latest comments, the president still said he would look at the proffered information to see whether it was "incorrect".

On Friday, Mr Trump called into the Fox & Friends show to give a 50-minute live interview. "Just so you understand".

That was a step back from his comments to ABC days earlier.

At one point in the interview, "Fox & Friends" host Steve Doocey asked Trump: "If you did call the Federal Bureau of Investigation with dirt on a political opponent, though, Mr. President, wouldn't the Democrats accuse you of using the FBI to investigate political opponents?"

"I think you're entitled to free speech in this country". "If I thought there was something wrong I'd go maybe to the Federal Bureau of Investigation", he added.

Trump's assertion that he would be open to accepting a foreign power's help in his 2020 campaign ricocheted through Washington on Thursday, with Democrats condemning it as a call for further election interference and Republicans struggling to defend his comments.

ABC News' George Stephanopoulos asked Trump about McGahn's testimony in an interview this week. In a recording of the call, Mr Schiff also said he would tell the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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He said that he could listen to the information provided by a foreign government, adding that "there isn't anything wrong with listening".

Former White House lawyer Don McGahn "may have been confused" during his testimony as part of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, President Donald Trump said in an interview broadcast on Friday.

When Stephanopolous asked why he wouldn't answer written questions about possible obstruction of justice, Trump responded by insulting Stephanolopous and saying that Mueller was unfair. He said he was never going to fire Mueller, and never suggested doing so. Pressed again, Trump denied ever having told McGahn to fire Mueller.

Replied Trump: "Because he wanted to make himself look like a good lawyer".

The president went on to say he made a decision to opt out of an interview with Mueller's investigators after realizing they were "looking to get him" and his staff for "lies or slight misstatements".

Though Trump tried to cast doubt on McGahn's credibility, it is clear from the Mueller report that investigators took seriously his statements, which in many instances were accompanied by contemporaneous notes, and relied on his account to paint a portrait of the president's conduct.

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