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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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 SewellAlabama museum unveils restored Greyhound bus for Freedom Rides' 60th anniversary Rep. Terri Sewell declines to run for Senate in Alabama Amazon union battle comes to Washington MORE (D-Ala.) asked Mueller.


“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.Don TrumpBook claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball Trump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run MORE, and a Russian lawyer.

A publicist had told Trump Jr. that the Russians had damaging information about Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMore than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows The Memo: GOP attacks bounce off Biden 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.