Congressional Democrats like Rep. Omar Ilhan are besides themselves over President Trump’s recent remarks that he would “take” “oppo” research or information about potential political opponents from possible Russia or China, which has now fueled their call for his impeachment.
In listening to the Oval Office interview between President Trump and ABC News Chief George Stephanopoulos, the president said that he would do what every congressman would do, and at least “hear” the opposition research being offered to him.
“I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening,” Trump continued. “If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said] ‘we have information on your opponent’ — oh, I think I’d want to hear it.
“It’s not an interference, they have information — I think I’d take it,” Trump said. “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, ‘oh let’s call the FBI.’ The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it. When you go and talk, honestly, to congressman, they all do it, they always have, and that’s the way it is. It’s called oppo research.”
— ABC News (@ABC) June 12, 2019
Trump is right, this according to several Democratic and Republican political operatives and consultants that HISPOLITICA spoke to.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the operatives said that it is very common for opposition research is offered up to their clients from special interest groups and individuals, even some that have ties to outside interests.
Trump says that “I think maybe you do both” and “might want to listen,” adding that “there is nothing wrong with listening.”
The president also said that he might go to the FBI if he thought there was something wrong.