Pelosi says Trump giving Russians ‘green light’ to attack US elections

Pelosi says Trump giving Russians ‘green light’ to attack US elections

June 13, 2019

WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday accused President Donald Trump of giving Russia “the green light” to attack U.S. elections after the president told ABC News he’d welcome foreign information on his 2020 opponent.

“The Russians attacked our elections, and @realDonaldTrump is giving them the green light to do it again,” Pelosi said in a tweet.

The president told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos he’d accept dirt on his 2020 opponent from a foreign government and may or may not turn it over to the FBI. Trump argued that such information amounts to “opposition research” widely used by campaigns. 

“They have information. I think I’d take it,” Trump said. “If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI – if I thought there was something wrong.”

Trump also said such political help would not be considered interference.

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The Russians attacked our elections, and @realDonaldTrump is giving them the green light to do it again. We can’t stand by and just hope for the best. The Senate must join the House in passing #HR1 to #ProtectOurDemocracy! https://t.co/l7UTcFVlDd

Intelligence officials have found that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and in a way designed to help Trump win. Former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report found the Russian government conducted a “sweeping and systematic” effort to help Trump to victory, believing the foreign government would benefit with him as commander in chief.

Pelosi added, “We can’t stand by and just hope for the best. The Senate must join the House in passing #HR1 to #ProtectOurDemocracy!” She was referring to a sweeping anti-corruption bill that would, among other requirements, force presidents to make their tax returns public, which Trump has not done.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, responded to Trump’s comments by saying impeachment inquiries against the president should start immediately.

“We have a president who thinks he is above the law,” he said in a tweet.

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