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."
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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