Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Acting COS Mulvaney Admits to Quid Pro Quo Before He Denies Quid Pro Quo

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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.

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.

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.

The full exchange can be viewed below.