The president has had a very bad day. Every day seems to be getting worse than the day before, actually, leaving the White House a crumbling mess of chaos where staffers have to walk on eggshells to avoid confrontation with the president when he’s in a bad mood.
Trump is getting a lot of backlash today for an interview he did with ABC in which he said that he would absolutely retain intelligence from a foreign entity for the purpose of smearing his political competitors.
Trump said this about what he would do if approached by a foreign entity claiming to have dirt on his competitors:
“I think you might want to listen. There’s nothing wrong with listening. It’s not an interference. They have information. I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI.”
Not only is it the American people who are furious over this, but elected officials and organizations are speaking out as well to remind the president that it’s a felony to work with a foreign agent against an American politician.
Now, Trump’s beloved Fox News has seemingly turned against him as well. Andrew Napolitano had this message for the president:
“That was my reaction and it was not a happy one. I was not happy to hear it. I thought he shot himself in the foot politically. I wish he hadn’t said it, but he did.”
Shep Smith asked Napolitano if the president had any “wiggle room” here, to which Napolitano replied:
“There’s no wiggle room with respect to dirt, with respect to opposition research because the Federal Election Commission has already decided in other cases that that is a thing of value,” he said, adding that it “comes from a statute which prohibits receipt of money or a thing of value from a foreign national. Whether the person is working for a foreign government or not.”
Smith then asked:
“So what the president said he would do to [ABC News’s]George Stephanopoulos would be felonious.”
That’s when Napolitano sealed the deal by responding:
“Correct. He would be committing a felony and the person giving it to him, if that person was ever here and subject to our jurisdiction, would be committing a felony as well.”