Examiner: Mark Meadows: Trump got the Left to care about foreign intelligence in elections

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Washington, June 14, 2019 | comments

Mark Meadows: Trump got the Left to care about foreign intelligence in elections

by John Gage

 | June 14, 2019 05:44 PM

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said President Trump's comment about being willing to accept foreign opposition research in the 2020 presidential election was a successful way to get the Left to care about foreign intelligence being used by campaigns.

In a tweet on Friday the House Freedom Caucus chairman compared the Democrats' troubled reaction to Trump's remark to their dismissal of the Steele dossier.

"This week President Trump was able to do something no one else could: get the left to care about foreign intel in our elections," the North Carolina Republican said. "You’d think Democrats paying for oppo research from Russians, then funneling it to DOJ to open an investigation, would’ve done the trick. Guess not." 

The dossier contained unverified claims about Trump's ties to Russia and was used extensively in the FBI's Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications targeting former Trump campaign associate Carter Page. It was compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele, whose work for opposition research firm Fusion GPS was funded by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Republicans say the dossier had Russian sources, and on Thursday Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called Trump’s critics hypocrites, saying Democrats were more than willing to accept outside help in the last presidential election.

The counterintelligence investigation began in the summer of 2016 after an Australian diplomat informed the U.S. government that Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told him the Russians had dirt on Clinton.

Trump attracted controversy this week when he said in an interview with ABC News that he would be willing to take opposition research from a foreign government and may not report it to the FBI.

The president's statement drew strong rebukes from Democrats in the House and Senate.

"The president once again gave us evidence that he does not know right from wrong. It's a very sad thing," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

"But the president to be so cavalier, to disregard, to be indifferent to wrong and any sense of ethics that who we are as a country to say that he would invite foreign intervention," the California Democrat added.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer described Trump's comments as "undemocratic, un-American, disgraceful."

Republicans blocked a bill put forward by Democrats this week that would require campaigns to report to the FBI opposition research offered by foreigners.


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