Mulvaney scrambles to walk back ‘quid pro quo’ admission, blaming press for reporting what he said

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Gage Skidmore / Flickr Mick Mulvaney...
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After a disastrous press conference performance in which acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney agreed that the White House had held up U.S. military aid in a “quid pro quo” exchange requesting a Ukrainian investigation of a bizarre Trump-Giuliani conspiracy theory suggesting Democratic “corruption” in the country—an admission that destroyed weeks of Republican defenses of Trump and his team—Mulvaney is finally attempting to walk that admission back.

In a brief statement, Mulvaney is now claiming that “the media has decided to misconstrue my comments to advance a biased and political witch hunt” and that “there was absolutely no quid pro quo.”

We can go right to the tape for this one, and to the transcript: Mulvaney referred to “the corruption related to the DNC server” and that “that’s why we held up the money.” So he’s lying.

But it’s not a surprise that Mulvaney was forced to issue such a statement. Pundits and legal experts alike immediately noted the catastrophic nature of what Mulvaney had just admitted to: Trump’s team was indeed illegally withholding U.S. military aid in an attempt to extract a political favor from the Ukrainian president.

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4 Comments on "Mulvaney scrambles to walk back ‘quid pro quo’ admission, blaming press for reporting what he said"

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Rutokin
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Rutokin

Can these people be really that stupid, how many times has anyone of these people admitted to numerous crimes and then an hours later try to say that didn’t say what they said, seriously I think these people are suffering from some form of physalis, their brains are not right

DHG
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Yes they are that stupid and they think they are above the law. I see prison in Mulvaneys future, he is not the President.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Yeah I didn’t know that bag was full of money 💰 I thought it was somebody s lunch.

Neverevertrumper
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Neverevertrumper

You lying bastard I am praying you end up in prison or worse …..you present as a lying sniveling underling who is spineless -WHY are you destroying your life for trumper?