GOP Rep. Stewart: ‘It Would Be Foolish’ For A President To Turn Down Foreign Dirt

Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart looks on during his town hall meeting Friday, March 31, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Stewart says he knows that many of those attending his town hall in heavily Democratic Salt Lake Cit... Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart looks on during his town hall meeting Friday, March 31, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Stewart says he knows that many of those attending his town hall in heavily Democratic Salt Lake City probably didn't vote for him, but the Republican congressman says he feels it's important to appear before his constituents. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) MORE LESS
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Rep. Christ Stewart (R-UT), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, argued on Friday that it would be “foolish” for a president to not accept dirt from a foreign nation during an election.

When CNN host Jim Sciutto asked Stewart if a sitting U.S. president should accept information from a foreign country that was intended to influence the election, the GOP lawmaker kept saying that “it depends.”

“It depends on who it is and the circumstances and how credible it is,” Stewart told Scuitto.

“There might be valuable information that comes from one of our allies,” he said. “If they look at it, and it’s credible, I think it would be foolish not to take that information.”

President Donald Trump caused a firestorm on Wednesday when he told ABC News reporter George Stephanopoulos that he’d welcome dirt from a foreign country on his 2020 opponent, saying that it was merely “oppo research.”

“I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening,” Trump said.

Stewart conceded that Trump’s comments weren’t “helpful.”

“I wish the President would have said–would not have said it the way he did and I don’t think it was helpful,” the Republican congressman said.

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