Politics Rand Paul claims Trump had 'every right' to engage in quid pro quo with Ukraine

00:00  11 november  2019
00:00  11 november  2019 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Mr. Trump has denied any quid pro quo and called the impeachment inquiry a hoax. Several witnesses, including the U. S . ambassador to the European Union, have laid out evidence that security aid to Ukraine was linked to investigations sought by Mr. Trump . The fact that Ukrainian President

Sen. Rand Paul questioned the White House's strategy of claiming President Trump didn't commit a quid pro quo with Ukraine, arguing that the president has "every right" to do so.

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Speaking on Sunday's Meet the Press, the Kentucky Republican defended the president's July 25 phone call with the leader of Ukraine and insisted that there is nothing wrong with Trump conditioning military aid on the country fighting corruption.

"I think we've gotten lost in this whole idea of quid pro quo," he said. "If you're not allowed to give aid to people who are corrupt — there's always contingencies on aid. Even President Obama withheld aid, you know, he was supposed to give lethal aid. Congress said, 'Give them $300 billion in lethal aid,' and he sent them blankets.

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Democrats have countered that they are following rules laid down by Republicans when they investigated Hillary Clinton over the Benghazi attack of September 2012. On CNN’ s State of the Union, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said Trump had not sought the quid pro quo .

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"So, presidents since the beginning of time have resisted Congress, and there's been this sort of back and forth jockeying over what is sent," he continued. "But also presidents have withheld aid before for corruption. I think it's a mistake to say, 'Oh, he withheld aid until he got what he wanted.' Well, if it's corruption and he believes there to be corruption, he has every right to withhold aid."

Paul then called it a "mistake" for the Trump administration to argue that the president didn't engage in a quid pro quo.

"So, I think it’s a big mistake for anybody to argue quid pro quo, he didn’t have quid pro quo, and I know that’s what the administration is arguing. I wouldn’t make that argument. I would make the argument that every politician in Washington, other than me virtually, is trying to manipulate Ukraine to their purposes — Menendez tried it, Murphy tried it, Biden tried it, Trump's tried it — they’re all doing it. They are all trying to manipulate Ukraine to get some kind of investigation, either end an investigation or start an investigation."

House Democrats launched impeachment proceedings against Trump last month following a whistleblower complaint about his communications with the president of Ukraine, which alleged that Trump urged the foreign leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, as well as debunked allegations that the country interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in exchange for military aid and state meetings.

Jordan slams Sondland for omitting Trump’s ‘no quid pro quo’ claim from statement .
Rep. Jim Jordan blasted Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland for omitting President Trump’s apparent claim that he wanted “no quid pro quo” with Ukraine from his opening statement, during his testimony at Wednesday's impeachment hearing.The story of the Trump-Sondland exchange emerged as a key moment for Republicans defending Trump's role in the Ukraine issue. While not mentioning it in his opening statement, Sondland eventually said under questioning that Trump told him "I want nothing, I want no quid pro quo" -- apparently concerning whether military aid and more was tied to his requests for politically advantageous investigations from Ukraine.

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