WASHINGTON – Former special counsel  on Wednesday called ’s declarations of “love” for stolen Russian material a “boost” for “illegal activity” in the final days of the 2016 election, and reminded Congress that accepting foreign help in an election is “a crime.”

“Problematic is an understatement, in terms of giving some hope or boost to what is and should be illegal activity,” to the House Intelligence Committee.

Trump, now the president, cited WikiLeaks 160 times in the final month of the 2016 campaign as he attacked Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton – even though he knew the Clinton campaign emails that the group was disseminating had been stolen by Russian intelligence.

Mueller was responding to a question by Rep.

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