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Elections Chair Reminds The Public Asking For Foreign Help is Illegal

Donald Trump found himself in hot water last week when it was revealed that he had asked the Ukrainian President to investigate Joe Biden. Today, seemingly impervious to recent criticism, the President again asked for foreign help with the Bidens. This time he asked China.

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Ellen Weintraub serves as the Federal Elections Chair. She has held that position during the presidencies of George W. Bush, Barack Obama and now Donald Trump. Today, the chair took to Twitter to send a reminder that requesting foreign election assistance is illegal.

The FEC head wrote, “is this thing on?” She then followed by posting:

“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. This is not a novel concept.”

Weintraub continued:

“Electoral intervention from foreign governments has been considered unacceptable since the beginning of our nation. Our founding fathers sounded the alarm about ‘foreign Interference, Intrigue and Influence.’ They knew that when foreign governments seek to influence American politics, it is always to advance their own interests, not America’s. Anyone who solicits or accepts foreign assistance risks being on the wrong end of a federal investigation. Any political campaign that receives an offer of a prohibited donation from a foreign source should report that offer to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

The White House has yet to comment on the warning from the Federal Elections Chair.



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