The Federal Election Commission has sent a timely warning to all the politicians on Thursday stating that it is now illegal for the politicians to seek help and information from foreign nationals during the time of elections all while linking this to an election in the US.
The incident has taken place immediately after the US President Donald Trump told ABC News that he would be all good to accept dirt on his political opponents in the 2020 elections from countries like China and Russia, countries which have been maintaining good relations with the US.
Federal Election Commission chair Ellen Weintraub said that, Let me make something 100% clear to the American public and anyone running for public office: it is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a US election.
I would not have thought that I needed to say this. pic.twitter.com/T743CsXq79
— Ellen L Weintraub (@EllenLWeintraub) June 13, 2019
She further said that it is not a novel concept and that she would not have thought posting this message would have been required.
Donald Trump, in his two-day interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, stressed that there is nothing wrong in accepting intelligence and other information from foreign countries stating this act as oppo research.
On asking what he would do if a person called him from a foreign country telling him he has some information on his opponent, Trump said it won’t be a bad idea to listen to what the person has to say. Moreover, if thinks there is something wrong, he would alert the security forces immediately.
Weintraub tweeted a memo on Thursday in which she said, electoral intervention from foreign governments has been unacceptable for as long as the United States has been a country. She also referred to a letter of 1787 from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, stating that the Founding Fathers alarmed us all about the foreign influence and interference.
Ellen said anyone who is found doing so would be taken under federal investigation.