Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney held a rare presser on Thursday. During the question and answer session Mulvaney is asked why U.S. military aid funding was withheld from the Ukraine. Mulvaney replies in part that the money was held up in part to pressure Ukraine into investigating the 2016 DNC server.
The question was posed by ABC News reporter John Karl.
Quid pro quo. Mulvaney acknowledged aid to Ukraine was held up, in part, to pressure Ukraine to investigate the 2016 DNC server. https://t.co/DCxE3l7cwR— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) October 17, 2019
My follow-up question: You described is a quid pro quo. It is funding will not flow unless the investigation is into the Democrats’ server happens as well.— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) October 17, 2019
Mulvaney: We do that all the time with foreign policy. https://t.co/qJZgdBsr2z
Following his acknowledgement of the quid pro quo regarding Ukraine which is at the heart of the House Impeachment Inquiry, President Trump’s outside legal counsel Jay Sekulow offered a statement to CNN.
Trump outside attorney Jay Sekulow to CNN: "The legal team was not involved in the Acting Chief of Staff's press briefing."— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 17, 2019
Hours after his on camera admission, a charge the President has long denied, calling the call with Ukrainian President Zelensky “perfect,” saying there was “no quid pro quo,” Mulvaney issued another statement.
In his new statement, Mulvaney blamed the media for deciding to “misconstrue,” his comments in hopes to “advance a biased and political witch hunt against President Trump.” He also stressed there wasn’t a quid pro quo.
Mulvaney has issued a statement essentially blaming the media for reporting what he said. pic.twitter.com/FzHSg8Gcmq— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 17, 2019
The full exchange can be viewed below.