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Thu Oct 17, 2019, 08:21 PM

Republicans worried by Mulvaney's confirmation Trump sought exchange of favors with Ukraine

Source: CNN



Updated 8:57 PM ET, Thu October 17, 2019
Mulvaney confesses to quid pro quo: Get over it


(CNN)A top White House official said on Thursday that President Donald Trump had withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure the country to open an investigation that he thought would politically benefit himself, worrying some Republicans in Congress in the middle of an impeachment inquiry.

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told reporters that the Trump administration "held up the money" for Ukraine because the President wanted to investigate "corruption" in Ukraine related to a conspiracy theory involving the whereabouts of the Democratic National Committee's computer server hacked by Russians during the last presidential campaign. When pressed on whether the President sought an exchange of favors, Mulvaney said, "We do that all the time with foreign policy."

It was the first time the White House acknowledged a link between the withheld aid and probes that Trump sought.
Some Republicans were deeply concerned by Mulvaney's comments.

"You don't hold up foreign aid that we had previously appropriated for a political initiative," said GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. "Period."

Republican Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida called Mulvaney's acknowledgment about withholding Ukraine aid "troubling," saying it is "not a good thing" to do that in connection "with threatening foreign leaders."

Rooney would not rule out the prospects of supporting impeaching the President.
"I'm not going to say anything about that until all the facts are in," he said. "I remember too many people saying, 'Oh, this is a witch hunt against Richard Nixon,' and come to find out it wasn't a witch hunt."

Hours after the news conference, Mulvaney released a statement reversing his prior comments, now claiming there was "absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election.".............................

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/17/politics/republicans-mick-mulvaney-reaction/index.html






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Reply Republicans worried by Mulvaney's confirmation Trump sought exchange of favors with Ukraine (Original post)
riversedge Oct 17 OP
Roy Rolling Oct 17 #1
Iliyah Oct 17 #2
Zorro Oct 17 #3
DeminPennswoods Oct 17 #4
PSPS Oct 17 #5
cstanleytech Oct 17 #6
Quackers Oct 17 #9
herding cats Oct 17 #7
dalton99a Oct 17 #8
ck4829 Oct 18 #10
blue-wave Oct 18 #11
Vinca Oct 18 #12
lagomorph777 Oct 18 #13
riversedge Oct 18 #14
NCjack Oct 18 #15

Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 08:26 PM

1. No sh*t

They should be worried.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 08:28 PM

2. Republicans acting innocent . . . .

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 08:48 PM

3. The new Rudy!

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 08:57 PM

4. Rooney has been a TV Trump surrogate

If he's saying things like he did, Trump's in a lot more trouble than anyone realizes.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 08:59 PM

5. LOL. Murkowski apparently jumped on the "concerned" bandwagon

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Response to PSPS (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 09:01 PM

6. The only concern any of the Republicans have is for themselves. nt

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 10:53 PM

9. I'm counting on it

When the time comes, I wanna see them throw Trump under the bus to protect themselves.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 10:30 PM

7. They're just upset he didn't honor the first rule of fight club.

Funny how that keeps happening when their necks are on the line.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 10:40 PM

8. They have been trying to normalize his crimes and sociopathy since inauguration day

Actually since he came down the golden elevator


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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 04:37 AM

10. K&R

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 06:37 AM

11. I really don't

give a you-know-what if they are worried. But it does make me feel a little better.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 06:38 AM

12. I wonder why the optics of dead Kurds doesn't worry them.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 09:53 AM

13. Those pearls Murkowski is clutching look a bit sweaty to me.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 11:55 AM

14. hoping Repugs are worrrying. worry worry

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 12:10 PM

15. "We do that all the time with foreign policy." The House needs

to subpoena Mulvaney to describe all of the shake-downs the Administration has done.

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