Published: Mon, October 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

WH Staffers, Including Kushner, Tried to Oust Mulvaney Before Impeachment Probe Started

WH Staffers, Including Kushner, Tried to Oust Mulvaney Before Impeachment Probe Started

"The Doral reversal and Ukraine scandal both revolve around the same issue: the president abusing his power for self-interest", said Julian Zelizer, a Princeton historian, on Twitter.

'I still think I'm doing a pretty good job as the chief of staff and I think the President agrees, ' he said.

And the selection, as the president had anticipated, touched off a wave of censure from Democrats and ethics experts. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who called the commitment flimsy and said it left America's Kurdish allies in the lurch.

Democratic House leaders had planned a vote as early as this week to rebuke Trump over the decision.

The three tweets were sent over a span of 34 minutes and broken up by a post linking to a Fox News video.

"The bottom line here is, you have got to play the ball where it lies". "If you could show me that, you know, Trump actually was engaging in a quid pro quo outside the phone call, that would be very disturbing". "Reporters will use their language all the time".

He also told reporters in the White House press briefing room Thursday that the move would be "vastly cheaper" than other places and that there should be no concerns that Trump would personally profit from the summit.

Bolton also wanted it known, she testified, that he refused to be a part of what he called a "drug deal" between Sondland and Mulvaney, two of the three officials - along with former special U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker - who had been tasked to handle Ukraine policy with Giuliani after the ouster of former USA ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. They were also concerned about the abrupt ouster of Marie Yovanovitch as ambassador to Ukraine, who reportedly resisted the administration's efforts to have Ukraine open investigations.

"I will leave to the chief of staff to explain what it is he said and what he intended", Pompeo said.

Trump reverses plan to host G7 summit at his golf resort
Some Mulvaney boosters pinned blame for a flat-footed impeachment strategy on White House Counsel Pat Cipollone. Mulvaney became Trump's third chief of staff after the departure in January of General John Kelly.


US President Donald Trump has nixed plans to host next year's G7 summit of world leaders at his golf resort in Miami, Florida, following a public outcry over an act widely perceived as blatantly corrupt.

But in a subsequent written statement, and again on Sunday, Mulvaney insisted there were only "two reasons for holding back the aid, " leaving out the Justice Department's probe, which a DOJ official already disavowed. One person familiar with Mulvaney's thinking said the search came as Mulvaney himself was looking for an exit after ten months in the role, though people close to Mulvaney have denied he wanted to leave.

"The conversation was always around what were the strategic implications", he said about the delayed aid. Trump said as part of a series of tweets later on Sunday. "This is completely appropriate".

On Thursday, Mulvaney said he was only aware of Trump's desire to have Ukraine look into the hacked DNC servers, but texts between State Department officials apparently revealed a plan that tried to get Ukraine to commit to investigating Ukrainian energy company Burisma on whose board Joe Biden's son, Hunter, served.

Rep. James A. Himes, Connecticut Democrat, and Rep.

During a White House press conference on Thursday afternoon, Mulvaney said Trump held up an aid package to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into an unsubstantiated theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, was responsible for hacking Democratic Party emails in 2016.

On Sunday, he said, "I never said there's a quid pro quo because there isn't".

On Capitol Hill, Republicans have continued to push back on the inquiry as an illegitimate, secretive and unfair process.

Mulvaney's announcement sparked immediate criticism - not only from Democrats but also from some Republican lawmakers who ordinarily defend the president's actions. Finally, the negative reaction from Democrats and the media surely had nothing to do with it.

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