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 MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by 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 SewellHouse passes bill meant to restore Voting Rights Act Live coverage: House holds third day of public impeachment hearings Yovanovitch: It's been a 'very, very difficult time' 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 TrumpWhite House calls Democratic witness's mentioning of president's youngest son 'classless' Lawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing Top Democrats knock Trump on World AIDS Day MORE, and a Russian lawyer.

A publicist had told Trump Jr. that the Russians had damaging information about Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats battle for Hollywood's cash The House Judiciary Committee's fundamental choice Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire 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.