Fox on cleanup job after Mulvaney admits Ukraine quid pro quo

Clay Curtis
October 19, 2019

Two of President Trump's presumably loyal appointees painted an alarming picture Thursday of how Trump and lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani turned up the pressure on Ukraine to ensure its help with two politically oriented investigations.

Wait just a minute here - you mean there was a quid pro quo after all? However, as with the story of the boy who cried wolf, few are taking the Leftmedia seriously, nor should they, as this is yet another instance of fake news.

"Let me be clear, there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election", Mulvaney said. "There's going to be political influence in foreign policy", Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday.

"Did he also mention to me the corruption related to the DNC server?" Absolutely. No question about that.

Supporters of US President Donald Trump hold a "Stop Impeachment" rally in front of the US Capitol October 17 in Washington, DC.

Aha! Democrats were quick to assert.

MULVANEY: I have news for everybody - get over it. However, such sentiments only appear to be the case in Schiff's dream world.

"I got to say, though, because we're all lawyers here".

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Mr Trump and administration officials had denied for weeks that they had demanded a "quid pro quo" for delivering the U.S. aid, a key part of a controversy that has triggered an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives against the Republican President.

Mick Mulvaney went on to continue to defend the administration's actions. Mulvaney said it would be "millions of dollars cheaper" to hold the summit at Doral over other locations.

"And, uhm, so my view is that look, I fought with people on the air about "is there a quid pro, ' and 'does this rise to the level of impeachment"?" We were holding up money at the same time for, what was it, the northern triangle countries.

Those concerns led to the White House's release of the statement from Mulvaney backtracking on his confirmation of a quid pro quo involving security aid to Ukraine. He said it was an order to force Ukraine to address corruption.

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

Mulvaney cited the physical layout of the resort, with separate buildings that could hold each country's delegation, as a major factor in the White House deciding to host the event there. But now Mulvaney is kind of walking that back. Trump also urged Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son's work in Ukraine. Is the call wrong even without a quid pro quo?

On Friday, the House Rules panel announced it will debate and amend a resolution Tuesday that objects to what they described as the president's "practice of accepting foreign government Emoluments without obtaining Congress' affirmative consent". While he did not directly call for Trump's removal from office, stating he would need see to the articles of impeachment before making that decision, his statements make Kasich one of the few high profile Republicans who have agreed with Democrats that Trump should impeached. But every time the administration contradicts itself, it adds fuel to allow the impeachment fire to burn longer and longer - which was probably the Democrats' goal the whole time.

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