“I think I’d take it” was U.S. president Donald Trump’s reply to George Stephanopoulos, Chief Anchor of ABC News, which specifically suggested accepting info about his opponent in the 2020 presidential elections. What made Trump’s statement controversial was that it was in answer to a hypothetical question about accepting damaging information coming from a foreign country.
Moreover, when ABC’s Stephanopoulos expounded on the topic by asking the American president if he will notify the FBI about it, Trump said,
It is not an interference, they have information…I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I would go maybe to the FBI… if I thought there was something wrong”
Trump even refuted the testimony given by FBI Director Christopher Wray to Congress last month, about lawmakers needing to tell the FBI about cases of foreign election meddling.
House Democrats, of course, reacted by making it known that they are actually on the verge of passing an all inclusive set of election security bills. The said package of bills aims to address legal loopholes that surfaced after Special Counsel Mueller’s unraveling of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
House Dems Put Forward Information about Bill Clarifying Opposition Research as a Thing of Value
In the matter of campaign finance law that prohibits candidates from accepting foreign contribution, a passage will be added to include opposition research as a “thing of value.” if passed and approved as part of the US Campaign Finance Law, foreign contribution does not have to have a dollar amount to it, in order to be considered as a “thing of value.” Any disparaging information about election opponents supplied by a foreign country, being a case in point, will be illegal.
In addition, election security laws will include a bill that will require states to backup with paper ballots, their respective electronic voting system.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in her press conference that the House will also introduce a “Duty to Report” bill. Ms. Pelosi made the announcement right after the day Trump made known his “I-Think-I’d -Take-It” stance toward foreign-provided oppo research. The House Speaker explained that the “Duty to Report” bill, will require any campaign to report to the FBI, damaging research concerning an opposition, whether solicited or received from a foreign country.