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Did Mulvaney Confirm a Quid Pro Quo between Trump & Ukraine?
Oct 18, 2019 at 02:35 AM

The Quick Facts

  • 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.

Food For Thought

Does what Mulvaney described in his press briefing constitute wrongdoing on the part of President Trump? How will his statements affect the ongoing impeachment probe into the president?

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CNN

Here's the craziest thing about the Trump White House's quid pro quo with Ukraine

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Mick Mulvaney’s comments on Trump and Ukraine couldn’t have been clearer

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What Mick Mulvaney said about Ukraine and the DNC server is not the quid pro quo that Democrats were looking for

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CNN Falsely Claims White House 'Admits to Quid Pro Quo' with Ukraine

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