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Trump invites foreigners to distort 2020 elections. Why won’t he protect his own country?
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Trump invites foreigners to distort 2020 elections. Why won’t he protect his own country?

Sam Berger and Talia Dessel explain how the Trump campaign allowed Russian operatives to interfere in the 2016 presidential election—and how a "duty to report" law would help prevent them from doing so in 2020.

Authors

  • Sam Berger
  • Talia Dessel

At the end of a nearly two year investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller made clear that Russia engaged in “multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election.” President Donald Trump, however, doesn’t see it that way. He argued Wednesday night that this type of attack was “not an interference,” and when asked about what he would do if he was offered information about an opponent from a foreign country again, Trump said, “I think I’d take it.”

This should come as little surprise. The Trump campaign eagerly welcomed such assistance in the last election; all told, the campaign staff, transition staff and their associates had more than 270 contacts with Russia-linked operatives during the campaign and transition — which they then desperately sought to hide from the press, the public and even law enforcement.

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Authors

Sam Berger

Vice President, Democracy and Government Reform

Talia Dessel

Research Analyst