Mulvaney links delay in Ukraine aid to DOJ investigation into 2016, then revises statement

Mulvaney links delay in Ukraine aid to DOJ investigation into 2016, then revises statement
Mick Mulvaney (Image: YouTube screen grab via PBS News Hour)

[Ed. – The media are having a field day with White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s slip-up at a presser yesterday, which suggested there was in fact a quid pro quo between Trump and Zelensky. The Democrats still face a steep uphill battle proving the president, who was the victim of a two-year-long Democratic-engineered hoax to make it appear his campaign had colluded with the Russians, isn’t within his purview to urge a foreign power with knowledge of the ploy to share its investigation of it.]

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Mick Mulvaney described conversations with President Trump, paraphrasing him as saying, “Look, this is a corrupt place. I don’t want to send them a bunch of money, and have them waste it, have them spend it, have them use it to line their own pockets. Plus, I’m not sure that the other European countries are helping them out either.”

“Did he also mention to me in the past, the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely. No question about that,” Mulvaney said, referencing an unproven theory that Ukrainians framed Russians for hacking into the DNC’s computer systems. “But that’s it. That’s why we held up the money.”

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