How To Respond When A Foreign Government Offers You Campaign Help, According To Republicans

"I can assure you the people around me would not be inclined to do that kind of thing."

Many politicians are once again demonstrating that they'll stand up for the issues they care about, although it might affect their party negatively.

On Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. released a June, 2016 email exchange between himself and a former business partner of his father — just as The New York Times released its own story. In it, the business partner offered Trump Jr. "incriminating" information — information that he described as being provided by the Russian government — on then-candidate Hillary Clinton that he said would damage her campaign.

"If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer," Trump Jr. responded.


Since the story broke, reactions have been mixed. Senator Tim Kaine, a Democrat, suggested we were entering the territory of treason. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opted not to share his thoughts and said the Intelligence Committee "will get to the bottom of whatever happened." New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, who voted for Trump, said on Twitter that the news crossed a line for him.

Senator John McCain made his own feelings clear.

"I can assure you the people around me would not be inclined to do that kind of thing," McCain said when asked about the story. "Especially not one of my sons. 'Cause my sons—they're in the military. You know, they'd probably be court-martialed."

McCain also got some support from Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham, who frequently falls on the same side of issues as McCain. Graham said the emails were "disturbing."

"Anytime you're in a campaign and you get an offer from a foreign government to help your campaign, the answer is no," he told reporters. "This is going to require a lot of questions to be asked and answered."

Stuart Stevens, a Republican strategist, went viral on Twitter when he said that the team of former presidential candidate Al Gore called the FBI after being offered debate brief book.

Prior to news breaking regarding Trump Jr.'s June 2016 emails from 2016, many pundits had suggested that, regardless of the headline, most elected Republicans would refuse to criticize the president's son in this tense political climate. 

Instead, many are calling for more information and sharing their own experiences, proving that some issues still come before party lines. 

Cover photo: Shutterstock / a katz / Drop of Light.


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