Federal Elections Commission chair Ellen Weintraub called out President Trump on Thursday after he publicly suggested he would accept dirt on a political opponent from a foreign entity.
“I would not have thought that I needed to say this,” Weintraub tweeted Thursday with her statement.
“Let me make something 100 percent clear to the American public and anyone running for public office: It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election,” Weintraub said.
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— Ellen L Weintraub (@EllenLWeintraub) June 13, 2019
In an interview with ABC News Wednesday, the president suggested he would accept damaging information on a 2020 opponent offered by a foreign country.
Weintraub reminded the president that “our Founding Fathers sounded the alarm about ‘foreign Interference, Intrigue, and Influence.”
“They knew that when foreign governments seek to influence American politics, it is always to advance their own interests, not America’s,” she said.
She added that any political campaign that does receive such an offer should report it to the Federal Bureau of Investigations.