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- On Thursday, during a White House press briefing, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged a link between Trump’s decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine and his demand that Kiev investigate the DNC and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
- Mulvaney stated: “Did [Trump] also mention to me in the past the corruption that related to the DNC server? Absolutely, no question about that. That’s why we held up the money.”
- The statement led to some immediate fallout as Democrats claim it confirms a quid pro quo between Trump and Ukraine, though a different one than originally highlighted in connection to Joe Biden’s son.
- Later in the day, Mulvaney issued a separate statement claiming his remarks were misconstrued. “Let me be clear, there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election,” he said.