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?