Published: Sat, October 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Donald Trump's military aid to Ukraine had strings attached, White House admits

Donald Trump's military aid to Ukraine had strings attached, White House admits

There is no quid pro quo.' The President repeated: "'no quid pro quo" multiple times.

Mick Mulvaney: "And I have news for everybody: Get over it".

"I can understand why executives would withhold military aid if it was in the sense of public policy, but you don't withhold military aid to anybody. for political reasons", Kasich said.

In his news conference on Thursday, Mulvaney insisted that he never held up USA aid to get Ukraine's president to investigate Biden.

The march toward an impeachment vote now seems all but inevitable, so much so that the highest-ranking Republican, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, privately told his GOP colleagues this week to expect action in the House by Thanksgiving with a Senate trial by Christmas.

His comments come after Mulvaney clarified his words from a press conference Thursday.

"There never was any condition on the flow of the aid related to the matter of the DNC server", he said.

"Did he also mention to me in the past, the corruption related to the DNC server?"

The Ohio Republican said the events of Thursday afternoon - Mulvaney's admission of a quid pro quo and the announcement of the resignation of Energy Secretary Rick Perry chief among them - caused him to rethink his stance. Here was Jay Sekulow, one of the president's personal lawyers, working to put some distance between his office and the chief of staff's remarks: "The president's legal counsel was not involved in acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's press briefing".

The Rules Committee said Friday it will debate and amend a resolution on Tuesday that will oppose the decision and reject "his practice of accepting foreign government Emoluments without obtaining Congress' affirmative consent".

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Trump told reporters traveling with him as he toured a Louis Vuitton factory in Texas that he wasn't able to see Mulveney's press conference, where the former SC congressman admitted to a "quid pro quo" that Trump's allies in Congress had been forcefully denying even after transcript of a a July phone call with the president of Ukraine revealed Trump raising both a Democratic server from 2016 and the Bidens.

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham praised Mulvaney's performance in an interview on Fox News on Friday, saying, "He did a great job".

Hours later, Mulvaney denied his own remark.

The White House previously said it would not cooperate with the inquiry, and it was not immediately clear what next steps House Democrats would take to enforce their subpoena.

The DNC server issue is a discredited claim that Ukraine and not Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 US election and that a Democratic Party computer server was being held somewhere in Ukraine.

"It looks like the White House is so desperate they are finally resorting to the truth".

Representative Gerald Connolly said: "I guess having failed at discrediting the facts of this case, they have decided on a new tactic, which is to admit them and basically say, "So what"?"

The schedule includes a mix of State Department officials and White House aides.

Mr Sondland is the latest witness to speak to congresspeople in the impeachment inquiry about his knowledge of Mr Trump's efforts to urge Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden. I will say it was like you had the Nixon tapes played out in front of the press for everyone to see because this was the smoking gun, ' Scarborough added.

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