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Acting White house chief of staff Mick Mulvaney seemed to contradict President Trump’s assertion that there is no “quid pro quo” during his 25. July phone call with the Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky, by requires told reporters at the White house on Thursday that the release of military aid to the Ukraine was to the administration that Kiev investigate alleged corruption by the Democrats during the 2016 presidential election campaign.
To deny to the question of reporters about the administration’s decision to 400-million dollars in aid, from the Ukraine, Mulvaney said that Trump told him at the time: “This is a corrupt place. Everyone knows this is a corrupt place … Plus, I’m sure that the other European countries are either.”
Mulvaney added: “to mention [Trump] also, for me, in the past, the corruption in connection with the DNC server? Absolutely. This is not a question. But that’s it. And that is why we held up the money … The view back on what happens in 2016, of course, was a part of the thing he was worried about the corruption of this nation. And that is absolutely appropriate.”
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Mulvaney was then said, in a question asked by a reporter about his statement, that it sounded like a quid pro quo.
He replied: “We do this all the time. Get over it. The policy will be involved and in foreign policy. Elections have consequences.”
He pointed to the example of the administration for the Central American countries, to force them to change their policy in relation to immigration. The White house is true, ultimately, that can help in the Ukraine in the last month.
Mulvaney also said that one of the requirements for the Ukraine was on a scholarship that Kiev cooperates with Connecticut-U.S. attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the 2016 Russia investigation. But a senior Justice Department official told Fox News that the Department had no idea what language Mulvaney.
“If the White house reluctance to help in relation to cooperation with an investigation at the Department of justice, the was a message to us,” the official said.
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While most of the trump of the critics have seized on him, the Ukrainian leaders plead to investigate, former Vice-President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, about your business ventures in the Eastern European nation, Mulvaney, the comments are likely to turn the attention of the trump of the critics to a whole other thing.
Trump has claimed several times in the past, without any evidence, that a server with the former US Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the missing E-Mails, it was held by a company based in the Ukraine.
House Democrats investigating whether the President in a political quid pro quo when he asked to do the new President of the Ukraine, a “favor”, immediately called it an admission of guilt.
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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee leads the charge of the probe, told reporters: “I think, Mr. Mulvaney recognition means that things have gone very, very bad, much, much worse.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., who sits on both the house judiciary and intelligence committees, tweeted: “Mick Mulvaney has signed on [Donald Trump’s] confession to the crime.”
It is illegal to solicit or receive anything of value from a foreign company in the US elections.
Fox News’ Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.