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Mueller says political campaigns should report offers of foreign assistance

Greg Nash

Former special counsel Robert Mueller 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 Sewell (D-Ala.) asked Mueller.

{mosads}“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., and a Russian lawyer.

A publicist had told Trump Jr. that the Russians had damaging information about Hillary Clinton, 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. 

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