2020 elections

Julián Castro addresses Hatch Act during Fox News Town Hall

2020 Presidential Democratic candidate Julián Castro
Julián Castro. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

During a Fox News Town Hall, 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro on Thursday evening said his own Hatch Act violation in 2016 differed from those of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway because he recognized what he did wrong and did not repeat the mistake.

"I don't think we are going to find anybody either in this race or in our homes and community that has never made mistakes. The true test of a leader is what do you do when you make that mistake. Are you big enough to own up to it, and make sure you correct what you do in the future? Or do you basically do what [Conway] did, which is to say 'no, I'm bigger than that.'"
— Julián Castro during Thursday evening's Fox News Town Hall

FEC Chair responds after Trump says he'd accept foreign intel

President Donald Trump
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The chair of the Federal Elections Commission released a statement on Thursday condemning any public official who accepts foreign intelligence on their opponents — just 1 day after President Trump said he'd be open to such an information exchange.

What they're saying: FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub wanted to make it "100% clear" that it is illegal for anybody to accept anything from a foreign national relating to a public U.S. election. During an exclusive ABC interview clip, Trump claimed accepting "dirt" on political opponents is commonplace.