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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said the delay in releasing U.S. aid money to Ukraine was tied to the Trump administration's demands to help it investigate matters related to the 2016 election, not former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

"The money held up had absolutely nothing to do with Biden," Mulvaney said Thursday during a briefing at the White House. Mulvaney said he was involved in the process of delaying the aid.

Asked whether the U.S. told Ukraine it would withhold funding unless the country investigated unsubstantiated allegations surrounding a Democratic National Committee email server, Mulvaney said, "We do that all the time."

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Trump has repeatedly suggested that Ukraine or Ukrainian actors and Democrats -- not Russian operatives -- were involved in the breach of a Democratic National Committee server in 2016 that resulted in the release of internal emails.

Thomas Bossert, who served as Trump's first homeland security adviser, said last month that he told the president there was no basis to his theory that Ukraine was involved with the server.

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... and the attempts to create an "alternative facts" story begin.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-17 02:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Mulvaney says push for DNC server investigation was one reason for Ukraine aid freeze
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ABC NEWS' JONATHAN KARL: Let's be clear. What you just described is a quid pro quo. Funding will not flow unless the investigation into the Democratic server happened as well.

MICK MULVANEY: We do that all the time with foreign policy. ... I have news for everybody. Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy. Elections have consequences....


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-17 03:13 PM | Reply

So the Press Secretary, in response to a request from the Press, says that "we do that all the time" and everyone (including CNN and MSNBC) circle flaps like he just testified under oath.

TFF

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-10-17 09:04 PM | Reply

"So the Press Secretary, in response to a request from the Press, says that "we do that all the time" and everyone (including CNN and MSNBC) circle flaps like he just testified under oath."

Let me make sure I understand your narrative here:

So you're saying the Press Secretary lied?

His testimony under oath would be different?

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-10-17 09:07 PM | Reply

#3 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

Number 1,5687 (non-criminal) indictment against the Trump administration and counting.

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-10-17 09:11 PM | Reply

So the Press Secretary, in response to a request from the Press, says that "we do that all the time" and everyone (including CNN and MSNBC) circle flaps like he just testified under oath.

Mulvaney is the Acting White House Chief of Staff. Stephanie Grisham is the WhiteHouse Press Secretary. She's busy tweeting about "LIVE: POTUS at Louis Vuitton Ribbon Cutting".

twitter.com

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-10-17 09:15 PM | Reply

It's not the press secretary, it's the President's Chief of Staff - who is the closest person to him who can speak for the President. He spoke in clear English sentences and was asked directly on more than one occasion if he was saying what the assembled press thought he was saying.

Perhaps ROC should read Gen. McRaven's thread and rediscover that this nation should expect our leader to respect the people who learn what they're doing from the press, not try to blame the press for accurately reporting what millions around the world heard the COS say in real time.

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-10-17 09:16 PM | Reply

Perry says Trump directed him to discuss Ukraine with Giuliani: report

thehill.com

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-10-17 09:17 PM | Reply

Why what Mulvaney says about Ukraine is important:

Mulvaney, Perry, Sondland Put in Charge of Ukraine Pressure

A senior State Department official who oversees our policy in Ukraine told a Congressional committee that the entire project to pressure that country to investigate Biden was taken out of his portfolio and that Trump instead had it run out of the White House by Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sundland.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney organized a meeting this spring in which officials were determined to take Ukraine policy out of the traditional channels, putting Energy Secretary Rick Perry, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and special U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker in charge instead, a top State Department official told lawmakers Tuesday.

www.patheos.com

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-10-17 09:18 PM | Reply

"Perhaps ROC should read Gen. McRaven's thread"

Won't matter.

ROC no longer adheres to the Oath of Office he swore to uphold and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-10-17 09:19 PM | Reply

Damn GAL,

Dropping mics tonight!

Well done.

#11 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-10-17 09:21 PM | Reply

"ROC no longer adheres to the Oath of Office he swore to uphold and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

#10 | POSTED BY SNOOFY "

If you are referring to his military status, neither officers nor enlisted take an oath of office. Or is he an elected official who does take an oath of office.

But it's an amusing twist on your trite habit of assigning positions to people.

#12 | Posted by goatman at 2019-10-17 09:26 PM | Reply

"To be clear, what you described is a quid pro quo, it is, funding will not flow unless the investigation into the Democratic server happens as well?" Karl asked.

"We do that all the time with foreign policy," Mulvaney said.

The Mulvaney statement released by the White House at the end of the day Thursday asserted that "the only reasons we were holding the money was because of concern about lack of support from other nations and concerns over corruption."

He did not say that in the briefing. Rather, he cited three reasons.

First, he said, was Trump's purported concern about corruption in Ukraine.

The second reason, Mulvaney said, was a White House analysis that other countries hadn't given Ukraine lethal aid, as the United States Congress had allocated. "They are really, really stingy when it comes to lethal aid," he said of other countries, adding: "So those were the driving factors."

Then, Mulvaney mentioned a third reason.

"Did he also mention to me in passing the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely. No question about that. But that's it, and that's why we held up the money."

talkingpointsmemo.com

#13 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-10-17 09:53 PM | Reply

You see, what had happened was......

Lol

#14 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-10-17 11:19 PM | Reply

Hey, the DemoKKKrats should be all for this. They are all about finding and eliminating foreign influence in our elections. Cripe they spent how much on the Mueller witch hunt? This is free...

#15 | Posted by sawdust at 2019-10-18 12:00 AM | Reply

There is no "server". The Justice department has already investigated. Why is the White House blocking funds that Congress has approved over a baseless far right lie?

#16 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2019-10-18 03:23 AM | Reply

Remember Trumps famous quote...
"Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what's happening,"

Only believe Trump... because the truth is lying
( ignorance is strength )

#17 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2019-10-18 04:40 AM | Reply

There is no "server". The Justice department has already investigated. Why is the White House blocking funds that Congress has approved over a baseless far right lie?

#16 | POSTED BY JOHNNY_HOTSAUCE

Johnny,
IMHO: Because Dotard watches FOX News, and Cheeto Jeebus doesnt realize where the line is, which separates FOX TV and Reality.

Evidently, nobody at FOX is tasked with letting Trump in on the game.

So Trump chases old, debunked conspiracy theories, and because his Staff cant convince him that they are BS, and he goes on to commit impeachable crimes as a direct result of FOX Fantasy TV.

And then he gets impeached.

#18 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-10-18 05:33 PM | Reply

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