Mueller says political campaigns should report offers of foreign assistance

Mueller says political campaigns should report offers of foreign assistance
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Former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE said Wednesday during his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee that he believes political campaigns should inform the FBI if they receive information from foreign governments.

“Is it not the responsibility of political campaigns to inform the FBI if they receive information from a foreign government,” Rep. Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellSanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements Biden gains endorsement from Alabama's lone Democratic House rep House panel advances Trump's new NAFTA MORE (D-Ala.) asked Mueller.

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“I would think that’s something they would and should do,” he replied.

The exchange took place during a larger back-and-forth over a 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials, including Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpComedians post fake Army recruitment posters featuring Trump Jr. Trump Jr., Ivanka garner support in hypothetical 2024 poll FWS: There's 'no basis' to investigate Trump Jr.'s Mongolian hunting trip MORE, and a Russian lawyer.

A publicist had told Trump Jr. that the Russians had damaging information about Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCollins walks impeachment tightrope Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders for 'inability to actually fight with bad actors' in party Hill.TV's Krystal Ball knocks Clinton's 'mean girl' comments against Sanders MORE, to which Trump Jr. replied, “if it’s what you say I love it, especially later in the summer.”

However, Trump Jr. and other campaign officials said nothing materialized from the meeting.

Sewell also pressed Mueller over whether it’s illegal for campaigns to accept anything of value from a foreign government.

“Generally yes … but the circumstances are unique,” Mueller said.