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<em> The White House. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi) </em> The White House. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

During the final stages of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, Deputy White House Counsel Patrick Philbin, responding to a question from Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, about Trump seeking foreign dirt on political opponents triggered outrage when he said that “mere information is not something that would violate the campaign finance laws. … The idea that any information that happens to come from overseas is necessarily campaign interference is a mistake.”

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