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Trump Says He Would Accept Dirt On Political Rivals
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Trump Says He Would Accept Dirt On Political Rivals From Foreign Governments

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump says he would listen if a foreign government approached him with damaging information about a political rival -- and wouldn't necessarily report the contact to the FBI.

Mueller declined to prosecute Donald Trump Jr. Democratic lawmakers responded incredulously to the President's remarks. "It is shocking to hear the President say outright that he is willing to put himself indebt (sic) to a foreign power... not to mention the foreign interference in an American election part," House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler tweeted Wednesday night. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff found Trump's comment "stunning on the one hand and not at all surprising on the other," he told CNN's Erin Burnett. "Donald Trump has made it clear that he will engage in any action, no matter how unethical or unpatriotic, that he will go right up to the line of what's legal and indeed it looks like he crossed that line many times," Schiff added. Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan told Burnett that Trump's meaning "is clear -- he didn't stutter, he said the FBI probably wouldn't understand it." Accusing Trump of trying to determine "how he can violate the rules and policies of our country," Lawrence added, "It is past sad. It is past frustration. This is criminal. It is criminal, and we need to hold this President accountable." Trump and his 2016 campaign have come under intense scrutiny -- and a special counsel investigation -- for their contacts with Russians during the last presidential election. Special counsel Robert Mueller detailed extensive contact between Trump campaign associates and Russians, but did not conclude there was a criminal conspiracy. The contacts included a now-infamous meeting at Trump Tower between his son, Donald Trump Jr., and a lawyer with close ties to the Kremlin in which potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton was on the table. Only a month ago, Trump said he would "certainly agree to" a commitment not to use stolen information from foreign governments to damage a political rival. "I don't need it," Trump said during a meeting with Hungary's prime minister. "All I need is the opponents that I'm looking at." But asked Wednesday whether he would take opposition research being peddled by another government, Trump said he likely would. "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."