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Washington Post Quotes Trevor Potter on Election Interference

June 18, 2020, The Washington Post

While running for office in 2016, Donald Trump asked Russia to hunt for the emails of his Democratic rival and touted documents stolen by Russia intelligence agents that had been published by WikiLeaks.

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“Foreign governments are increasingly testing us, looking to intervene in the 2020 campaign,” said Trevor Potter, a former Federal Election Commission chairman, who is working with a new bipartisan group to monitor threats to this year’s election. “It becomes all the more likely if the president is not fighting foreign influence in campaigns, but rather is inviting it.”

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Potter said that, in the meantime, Bolton’s account of Trump’s appeal to the Chinese presents another worry: that a private request to a foreign leader for political assistance could leave the president susceptible to blackmail. Trump’s reported appeal, he said, is itself “a security threat.”

Trevor Potter is also a Member of the Political Law Group at Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered.

For the full article, please visit The Washington Post's website.

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