Wednesday, 13 November, 2019

Mulvaney denies admitting quid pro quo on Ukraine military aid

Carlos Jasso  Reuters Carlos Jasso Reuters
Patty Aguilar | 19 October, 2019, 09:44

Though he did say, in his statement that was released before his appearance, that the administration had effectively outsourced much Ukrainian policy to Rudy Giuliani, another of the president's personal lawyers, his testimony was far overshadowed by the mess Mulvaney was making back at the White House, which continues, with acts and words, to make Democrats' impeachment case for them.

Sondland testified for more than nine hours on Capitol Hill Thursday, as Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told reporters that the president had cut off military aid to Ukraine in part to pressure Ukrainian officials to probe Democrats, and an unsubstantiated theory that it was Ukraine, not Russian Federation, that hacked the Democratic National Committee in the 2016 election.

In a statement from Mulvaney following the press conference, he said "Let me be clear, there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election". And this has been a week when current and former officials were painting this picture of how the president and his aides basically acted to advance Trump's political goals. "This is so bad for our country".

Schiff is one of three House chairmen tasked with leading the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. In a Friday interview, Florida Representative Francis Rooney said Mulvaneys apparent admission of quid pro quo was troubling. "The last 24 hours has really forced me to review all of this", Kasich said on CNN.

Trump, asked to clarify Mulvaney's remarks, told reporters: "I think he clarified it".

"Our view was that the men and women of the State Department, not the President's personal lawyer, should take responsibility for all aspects of US foreign policy towards Ukraine", he told lawmakers, according to his opening statement.

"It's not an Etch-A-Sketch", said Rooney, a former ambassador to the Holy See under President George W. Bush.

The confirmation of a quid pro quo - or favor for a favor - would bolster Democrats' arguments that Trump misused his office.

GOP leaders tried to contain the fallout. But four weeks into the inquiry, the events around Trump's interaction with the Ukraine president, which are are at the heart of impeachment, have upended Washington.

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"The timeline will depend on the truth line", she told reporters. The theory could bolster Trump's claims that he clinched the presidency without Russia's help.

The Latin phrase "quid pro quo" is all over the news right now, but what is its meaning?

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"We've been very clear", McCarthy said.

'Quid pro quo, ' or no?

While he admitted that it was "extremely difficult" for him to publicly announce support for impeachment, he called on other Republicans to do the same, saying he believes Republicans "should at least be calling for an inquiry". He raised a red flag and said it was "crazy" to withhold the military aid for a political investigation.

"If the White House was withholding aid in regards to the cooperation of any investigation at the Department of Justice, that is news to us, ' a senior Justice Department official told The Hill".

"When I look at all the information that is coming to us, and all the craziness that is surrounding the operation of the White House, now the resignation sometime this year of Secretary Perry and his involvement, it just goes on and on and on and on".

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