Politics Mulvaney appears to confirm Ukraine aid was contingent upon 2016 probe
Republicans worried by Mick Mulvaney's confirmation Trump sought exchange of favors with Ukraine
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. © Evan Vucci/AP White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announces that the G7 will be held at Trump National Doral, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Washington.
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged Thursday that U.S. military aid to Ukraine was previously withheld by the administration at least in part because of allegations of interference by the Eastern European nation in the 2016 election.
"Did he also mention to me in [the] past the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely," Mulvaney said of a conversation he had with President Donald Trump. "No question about that. But that's it, and that's why we held up the money."
Mulvaney added: "The look-back to what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the thing that he was worried about in corruption with that nation."
The explosive remarks from the top White House aide seem to confirm that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's receipt of the American funds was presented as contingent upon him launching an investigation into the unfounded allegations of corruption in the 2016 election.
Conservatives defend Mulvaney, call for Trump to make him permanent chief of staff .
A group of prominent conservative activists is rallying behind embattled acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.Mulvaney has been the “acting” chief of staff of for nearly 10 months and has faced constant speculation about his job security. This letter suggests conservative leaders believe his job may now be in jeopardy and it would be a mistake for president to fire him.
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