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'This is not a novel concept': FEC chair brings the hammer down on foreign influence after Trump's widely panned interview on the same topic

'This is not a novel concept': FEC chair brings the hammer down on foreign influence after Trump's widely panned interview on the same topic
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Federal Election Commission chair Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat, issued a scathing statement for "anyone running for public office."




Her statement comes one day after an interview, in which President Donald Trump suggested he may not alert the FBI if a foreign power handed him damaging information about a political opponent.




"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," she said in a statement.




Weintraub previously served as counsel to the House Ethics Committee and focuses on the "potential for corporate and 'dark-money' spending to become a vehicle for foreign influence in our elections," according to her biography.




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The chair of the Federal Election Commission issued a scathing statement for "anyone running for public office," following the airing of an interview in which President Donald Trump suggested he may not alert the FBI if a foreign power handed him damaging information against a political opponent.
Ellen Weintraub is a Democrat who has served on the commission since December of 2002 and is serving her third stint as its chair. She said in a statement on Thursday that she "would not have thought that" she "needed to say this."
"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," she said in a statement.
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