Politics Kellyanne Conway: 'I Don't Know' Whether There Was A Quid Pro Quo With Ukraine
Kellyanne Conway defends her comments in viral phone interview: 'Exactly none of it is anyone's business'
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway stood by her statements during a phone conversation with a Washington Examiner reporter that went viral.During the confrontational conversation, Conway expressed frustration that Caitlin Yilek wrote about her husband George Conway’s very public anti-Trump stance and bashful Twitter account in an article about Bloomberg reporting that said President Donald Trump may be considering Conway as his next chief of staff.
White House counselorsaid on Sunday that she does not know whether U.S. military aid was withheld from to solicit help in an investigation of former Vice President , refusing to guarantee that there was no quid pro quo at any time.
During an appearance on’s “ ,” Conway instead repeatedly emphasized that the funds were ultimately sent after being delayed over the summer.
Sondland Told House Panels Trump's Ukraine Pressure Was Quid Pro Quo
A top U.S. diplomat told House committees last week that efforts by President Trump and his allies to press Kyiv to open investigations in exchange for a White House meeting with Ukraine’s president amounted to a quid pro quo, his lawyer said. © francois lenoir/ReutersGordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, told House committees that he believed Ukraine agreeing to open investigations into Burisma Group—a gas company where Democrat Joe Biden’s son once served on the board—and into alleged 2016 election interference was a condition for a White House meeting between Mr.
“I feel confident about the fact that Ukraine has that aid and is using it right now, that it’s because of this president that they have it,” she said.
Pressed by host, who pointed out that Conway “very notably won’t say ‘yes’ or ‘no’” on the question of whether President was seeking to make a deal, Conway said she wasn’t sure.
“I don’t know whether aid was being held and for how long,” she said.
The question has become central to House Democrats’ impeachment probe of Trump following the release of a summary of his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President. According to the document, Trump urged Zelensky to assist his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General William Barr with an investigation of Biden and his son based on unsubstantiated corruption allegations. At the time of the conversation, the aid was being withheld.
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Last month,that high-level Ukrainian officials were aware by the first week in August that the assistance had been frozen, contradicting Trump’s claim that they were in the dark on the situation.
However, it appears the GOP may be shifting its messaging on the potential quid pro quo in order to bolster their defense of Trump.
On Friday,that Senate Republicans are gearing up to acknowledge that Trump used the aid as leverage and that while it was not legal, it is not an impeachable act.
Last week, Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert, testified before congressional investigators, and is thought to have provided firsthand information about Trump’s call.
According to Vindman’s prepared remarksThis article originally appeared on , he “was concerned by the call” and “did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen.” He decided to report the discussion, he said, because he felt Trump’s actions could “undermine U.S. national security.” .
How Republican Defenses of Trump on Impeachment Have Shifted Over Time .
Democrats paint the changing defense as evidence of its weakness. Republicans attribute it to another source: disorganization . So far, they say, there’s been little coordination between the White House and Trump’s nominal allies on the Hill about a messaging strategy.Here’s a look at how the defense of Donald Trump has changed since the impeachment proceedings began.‘No Quid Pro Quo’Since the moment he authorized the release of a transcript, Trump has maintained there was no quid pro quo in his withholding military aid from Ukraine while pushing the country to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden.
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