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Adam Kinzinger: No President Should Wield US Power to Affect Elections

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP)

By    |   Friday, 20 September 2019 12:49 PM

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, while specifying there is not much known yet about a whistleblower report concerning an alleged conversation between President Donald Trump and a foreign leader, said Friday that no president should use American power to influence an election.

"There's a lot we don't know," the Illinois Republican told CNN's "New Day."

"I"m going to have to talk in generalities. These stories end up changing a few days down the road. I don't know what the law is on it, but no president should ever utilize or use American power in any way like to affect an election."

Kinzinger's comments came after he was asked about former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani telling CNN Thursday night that he'd asked the Ukrainian government to look into an alleged bribery scheme involving former Vice President Joe Biden and one of his sons.

The Washington Post reports that the telephone call exposed in the whistleblower's report involved Trump and Ukraine.

"It's one thing to go after corruption, and we should," said Kinzinger Friday. "That's a huge problem in Ukraine. But if you say go after it specifically for a political target, that affects somebody in office in the United States, that's a major problem."

Meanwhile, Ukraine must get the military aid it needs, said Kinzinger, and the idea that anyone could hold back on it for political reasons "would be terrible."

"We have to defend Ukraine, give them the aid they need and make sure that they can defend themselves against this Russian invasion," said Kinzinger. "There's a lot more information to come out, so it's hard to really just jump to a conclusion on this. Generally speaking, yeah, no foreign government should have any influence on American elections."

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger, while specifying there is not much known yet about a whistleblower report concerning an alleged conversation between President Donald Trump and a foreign leader, said no president should use American power to influence an election.
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