Graham was responding to Trump's interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos Wednesday in which the president said there "isn't anything wrong with listening" to a foreign government such as China or Russian Federation if they have negative information about a 2020 Democratic rival.
"If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said, ] "We have information on your opponent" - Oh, I think I'd want to hear it", Mr. Trump continued, adding that "it's not an interference". When asked if his campaign should accept information from Russian Federation or China or call the federal police, he said: "I think maybe you do both". 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.
In a ABC television interview aired on Wednesday, Trump said he would listen if a foreign government or person offered damaging information about political opponents as he seeks re-election. The investigation was first disclosed by then-FBI Director James Comey at a committee hearing in March 2017, and Mr. Schiff said he has received few answers about it since Mr. Comey was sacked by Mr. Trump two months later.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic candidate for president, tweeted: "The #MuellerReport made it clear: A foreign government attacked our 2016 elections to support Trump, Trump welcomed that help, and Trump obstructed the investigation".
Trump Jr. spoke with the Senate Intelligence Committee for about three hours Wednesday to clarify an earlier interview with the committee's staff.
In his report, Mr Mueller stated that although there was insufficient evidence that Mr Trump colluded with Russian Federation, he was happy enough to benefit from the meddling.
Trump replied, "I think maybe you do both".
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FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers that Donald Trump Jr., as an organizer of the meeting with the Russian who offered the dirt on Clinton, should have called his agency to report the episode.
"I don't think I changed anything of what I said because there was nothing to change", Trump Jr said.
"It is not customary or normal or legal or moral to accept campaign assistance from a foreign government. And the president of the United States instead of coming to the defense of our democracy, he has said it's a hoax".
In his report, Mueller explored whether a 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with Russians, which was arranged on the promise of dirt on Hillary Clinton, constituted an illegal act. It is a threat to our national security.
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, expressed dismay at the president's comments.
Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, once a close aide to President Donald Trump, agreed to give a closed-door interview to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on June 19, the panel's chairman said on Wednesday.
Trump's comments came less than three months after Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted a report that found Russian Federation waged a hacking and influence campaign to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. While the investigation did not find sufficient evidence of a conspiracy between Moscow and the Trump campaign team to file criminal charges, it also did not exonerate the president.