Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu calls Trump’s comments on foreign meddling ‘un-American’ and ‘unpatriotic’

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) was astonished by President Trump’s public admission on Wednesday that if a foreigner offered information on a political opponent, he would take it.

“What Donald Trump said is un-American, unpatriotic, and unbelievable,” Lieu told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. “The issue is not oppo research. You can take oppo research, you cannot take it from a foreign power. There is actually a law against this — the Federal Election Campaign Act says that candidates cannot knowingly take anything of material value from a foreign power.”

Trump told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he’d “maybe” go to the FBI with political dirt shared by a foreign government, but later said this wasn’t something that warranted a phone called to the agency. All of this is proof, Lieu said, that “Donald Trump is selling America down for his own personal benefit.”


“What Donald Trump said is unAmerican, unpatriotic, and unbelievable.” @tedlieu on Trump saying he has no problem accepting dirt on a political opponent from a foreign power. #Hardball

— Hardball (@hardball) June 12, 2019


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