US President Donald Trump said that if someone offered damaging information on his opponents in the 2020 presidential election, he would listen as “there’s nothing wrong with listening”.
During an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News Trump was asked whether he would accept information or call the FBI. “I think maybe you do both,” he replied and then added that he’d call the FBI only if he felt “there was something wrong.”
“I think you might want to listen. I think there’s nothing wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country, Norway, ‘We have information on your opponent.’ Oh, I think I’d want to hear it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI, if I thought there was something wrong. But when somebody comes up with oppo research… ‘Oh, let’s call the FBI.’ The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it,” Trump said.
Many drew a parallel with Trump’s eldest son and Trump Tower meeting, which Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump campaign officials attended in 2016. According to the media reports, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who also attended the meeting, allegedly had dirt on Hillary Clinton, but in fact she was there to discuss issues related to Magnitsky Act. However, the meeting became a subject of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which did not establish any collusion between Trump campaign and Russia.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website