WH Suggests Trump Will Veto Bill Requiring Campaigns Report Foreign Interference
The White House indicated on Wednesday that it will not support legislation recently passed in the House that would require federal campaigns to report foreign election influence, according to Axios.
The statement also suggested that President Donald Trump would veto the measure should it arrive on his desk for signature.
Requirements contained in the SHIELD Act (Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy) would "result in significant over reporting to the FBI and FEC, leading to fruitless inquiries and wasted time and resources,” the White House statement said.
Despite the Trump administration’s desire to limit foreign interference in U.S. elections, the White House wrote, this bill would "produce harmful unintended consequences without achieving that goal" and the president would be advised to veto the measure if it hits his desk in its current form.
Axios noted that former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress in July that many other countries are looking to follow Russia’s lead from the 2016 election, and "they expect to do it during the next campaign."
For his part, Trump has consistently downplayed foreign interference in the election that sent him to the White House. Axios noted that the president “has ridiculed the idea that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election as recently as August.”