US President Donald Trump has said he would be open to hearing any dirt on opponents offered by foreign powers.
His words come despite a number of investigations into alleged collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.
Mr Trump told ABC that he felt no obligation to inform the FBI if someone from a country such as Russia or China offered him information on a political rival.
He said: “I think you might want to listen – there isn’t anything wrong with listening.
“If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said] ‘we have information on your opponent’ – oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”
When asked if he wanted “that sort of interference in our elections”, Mr Trump replied: “It’s not an interference, they have information – I think I’d take it.
“If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI – if I thought there was something wrong.
“But when somebody comes up with oppo research, right, they come up with oppo research, ‘oh let’s call the FBI’.
“The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it.
“When you go and talk, honestly, to congressman, they all do it, they always have, and that’s the way it is. It’s called oppo research.”
The most publicised investigation into contact between the Trump campaign and Russia was done by special counsel Robert Mueller.
He documented a number of efforts by Russia to undermine rival Hillary Clinton’s campaign but did not establish that members of Mr Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow.
Among those efforts was a 2016 meeting between a Russian lawyer, Mr Trump’s eldest son Donald Jr and others in the campaign.
An email written by a trusted intermediary leading up to the meeting, had told Trump Jr: “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr Trump.”
FBI director Christopher Wray has said that Mr Trump should have reported the offer to his agency but Mr Trump told ABC: “The FBI director is wrong”.
He added: “Somebody comes up and says, ‘hey, I have information on your opponent,’ do you call the FBI?” Trump responded.
“I’ll tell you what, I’ve seen a lot of things over my life. I don’t think in my whole life I’ve ever called the FBI. In my whole life.
“You don’t call the FBI. You throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do.
“Oh, give me a break – life doesn’t work that way.”
Source: SKY NEWS