Republicans block bill that would make it mandatory for campaigns to report attempted foreign interference to FBI.

By |2019-06-13T13:41:37-08:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |14 Comments

Courtesy of The Hill:

Senate Republicans blocked legislation on Thursday that would force campaigns to notify the Federal Election Commission and the FBI about attempts by foreign nationals to influence an election.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, tried to pass the Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections (FIRE) Act by unanimous consent.

“This legislation is pretty simple, even for this body, it would require any presidential campaign that receives offers of assistance from an agent of a foreign government, has an obligation to report that offer of assistance to law enforcement, specifically the FBI,” Warner said from the Senate floor.

Under Warner’s bill, campaign officials would have to report contacts with foreign nationals who are trying to make campaign donations or coordinate with the campaign to the Federal Election Commission, which would in turn notify the FBI.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) objected to Warner’s request, saying the reporting requirements within the legislation go “overboard.”

“The UC that was presented is overboard, and this is something that should be done in a thoughtful way. It should be done in a bipartisan way,” Blackburn said.

Warner countered that Blackburn’s reading of his legislation was “not accurate.”

“The only thing that would have to be reported is if an agent of a foreign government or a foreign national offered something that was already prohibited,” he added.

She knows that she is just playing her part in keeping any new guidelines from interfering with Trump’s use of foreign assistance to help him win the next election.

So Trump says he will accept foreign intervention in 2020, and the Republicans block efforts to stop him from doing so. 

Why would we expect anything different?

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  1. Whatevs June 14, 2019 at 7:03 am - Reply

    Blackburn is just another (R) Stepford wife. But a particularly dumb model who is still able to lie maliciously:

    She even has her own “Stupid Marsha, Marhsa, Marsha” fb ppage:

    Most people as stupid as Marsha would have the self-respect to sit down and shut u, but evidently, she has a humiliation addiction. Just like Palin.

  2. anonymous June 14, 2019 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Notice that Trump said he would only turn information from a foreign government over to the FBI if it were wrong or incorrect. The law clearly states that candidates don’t get to choose to turn the in-kind donation from a foreign government over the FBI. The law doesn’t make a distinction between correct and incorrect information. If a foreign government tries to help a campaign, it is a felony and must be turned in.

    “If you think for a second it’s just going to be the Russians, you forget who else Trump has been hanging out with,” the MSNBC host said. “He has quite publicly … put an ‘Open for Business’ sign on the front door of the White House.”

    Trump, not Iran, is the source of the escalation

    From day one, Donald Trump has been trying to stir up conflict between the United States and Iran.


  3. OK June 14, 2019 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Weintraub’s warning was direct: “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 U.S. election.”

    “This is not a novel concept,”

    The chair posted the memo on Twitter, along with an expression of disbelief.

    “I would not have thought that I needed to say this,”

  4. anon June 14, 2019 at 7:21 am - Reply

    “The phony Witch Hunt is a giant scam where Democrats and other really bad people, SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN!” Trump wrote in a pair of morning tweets.
    “He’s committing obstruction and now he’s seeking foreign assistance to win a campaign he is set to lose in an electoral landslide. Trump is beyond disgraceful.”

    “One top Republican National Committee member said that Trump’s remarks to ABC about using foreign assistance were him speaking, as usual, without thinking. “I don’t think it’s terribly shocking. I think his emphasis on it is inappropriate.
    But that’s Trump,””

    • Anonymous June 14, 2019 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      Normalized dysfuction is not normal nor is it okay.

      Just because Catholic priests rape young boys does not make it “that’s just priests”.

      • Anon June 14, 2019 at 10:25 pm - Reply

        Congress needs to shut down Catholicism.

        • Anonymous June 14, 2019 at 10:30 pm - Reply

          Can the UN send troops to the Vatican and just shut down and dissolve that fucking terrorist organization?

          Nah. It is inhumane to disallow people the dignity of their own ignorance. Also, fuck ivanka.

  5. Anon June 14, 2019 at 7:45 am - Reply

    “Because he wanted to make himself look like a good lawyer,” “Or he believed it because I would constantly tell anybody that would listen — including you, including the media — that Robert Mueller was conflicted. Robert Mueller had a total conflict of interest.”

  6. Anonymous June 14, 2019 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Republicans can’t win unless they lie, steal, cheat and suppress the black vote. They are the worst scum this country has to offer. That said, Happy John McCain Day to Donald Trump!

    • Anonymous June 14, 2019 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      You beat me to it, I was going to write they can’t win unless they CHEAT !!

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