On Wednesday, President Donald Trump sat for an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, during which he doubled down on the very thing that led to him being caught up in the Russia investigation in the first place.
“If foreigners, if Russia, if China, if someone else offers information on an opponent, should they accept it or should they call the FBI?” Stephanopoulos asked the president.
“I think maybe you do both,” said Trump. “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’d want to hear it.”
“You want that kind of interference in our elections?” said Stephanopoulos incredulously.
“It’s not an interference,” said Trump. “They have information, I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go, maybe, to the FBI. If I thought there was something wrong. But when somebody comes up with oppo research, right, they come up with oppo research, let’s go to the FBI? The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it. But you go and talk honestly to congressmen, they all do it, they always have, and that’s the way it is. It’s called ‘oppo research.'”
Later in the interview, Trump reportedly admitted that he had never called the FBI before in his life — even though Russia repeatedly did try to offer his campaign such information during the 2016 presidential election.
Jeffrey Toobin accuses Dershowitz of trying to ‘elevate himself’ with Trump trial in fiery CNN confrontation
CNN's "State of the Union" kicked off Sunday morning with a battle between one of Donald Trump's impeachment defense lawyers, Alan Dershowitz, and CNN legal contributor - and former Dershowitz student -- Jeffrey Toobin, with Toobin right away getting in a shot at his old professor for trying to elevate his profile by working for the president.
With fill-in host Brianna Keillar acting as referee and pressing Dershowitz to explain his legal case supporting the president, the conversation turned into a sparring match as Toobin disputed the Trump attorney's contention that the president did not abuse his power-- which is the centerpiece of the Senate trial.
Presidential historian rains hell on National Archives for ‘idiotic’ decision to blur photos to spare Trump’s feelings
Appearing on CNN on Sunday morning, noted presidential historian Douglas Brinkley harshly criticized the decision by the National Archives to blur photos of posters that were critical of Donald Trump, saying it was a betrayal of their mission.
Speaking with host Martin Savidge, the normally staid Brinkley was blunt in his assessment of the decision -- despite an apology from a spokesperson for the Archives -- calling the very fact that it even happened "idiotic."
"I could not believe the National Archives did such a thing," Brinkley began. "It's such a venerable institution and we all trust it. It's the depository of our national heirlooms and leavings and here it is doctoring photos to make Donald Trump look good. I mean to the idea you take the women's march of 2017 which was largely anti-Trump march and start changing signs like one sign said 'God hates Trump,' they just blurred out the word Trump so the protester sign says 'God hates.' That was replicated many times, it's an idiotic idea to have altered that photograph. I am pleased a retraction has come our way. "
He ‘can’t understand why he is being impeached’: CNN reports Trump is asking ’why are they doing this to me?’
President Donald Trump is reportedly "distracted" by impeachment while vacationing at Mar-a-Lago as the United States Senate trial begins.
"A source close to the White House who speaks to Donald Trump regularly said the President has appeared 'distracted' by the impeachment trial that begins on Tuesday, telling people around him Friday night at Mar-a-Lago that he 'can't understand why he is impeached,'" CNN's Jim Acosta reported Saturday. "'Why are they doing this to me,' the source quoted Trump as saying repeatedly."