‘I think I’d take it': Trump expresses willingness to take opposition research from foreign governments – Washington Examiner
President Trump said Wednesday that he would not necessarily call the FBI if offered opposition research from foreign governments.
“I’ve seen a lot of things over my life, I don’t think in my whole life I’ve ever called the FBI,” Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview.
Regarding whether he would contact the FBI in the event a foreign government offered him intelligence on a political opponent, Trump said, “You don’t call the FBI. You throw somebody out of your office.”
“Give me a break, life doesn’t work that way,” Trump continued.
Stephanopoulos followed up by asking whether a political candidate should accept foreign opposition research or call the FBI.
“I think maybe you do both,” Trump said. “I think you might want to listen. There’s nothing wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country, Norway, ‘we have information on your opponent.’ Oh, I think I would want to hear it.”
“It’s not an interference,” Trump said, when Stephanopoulos characterized it as such. “They have information, I think I’d take it.”
“If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go, maybe, to the FBI,” Trump added.
Trump also blasted the media for what he said was speculation that his son Donald Trump Jr. would go to prison.