True to form President Donald Trump effectively doubled down on his earlier admission he talked to the president of Ukraine about former Vice President Joe Biden and “corruption.” And this time he added a new element: admitting he used hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid as leverage.
Speaking to reporters as he headed into the United Nations Monday the president of the United States had no trouble trashing his top political opponent while copping to seeking dirt on Biden and his son, Hunter.
“We’re supporting a country,” Trump said of Ukraine, from which he had withheld $250 million in military aid to fight Russia.
“We want to make sure that country is honest,” Trump claimed. “it’s very important to talk about corruption. if you don’t talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?”
Trump again basically cops to asking Ukraine about Biden: "We're supporting a country. We want to make sure that country is honest…it's very important to talk about corruption. if you don't talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?" pic.twitter.com/u2zlloPl1X
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 23, 2019
NCRM could find no reports of Trump discussing withholding aid from foreign nations over issues of corruption. But he has said he would accept aid or support from foreign governments for his campaign.
Responses to Trump’s remarks at the UN have been filled with outrage. A sampling:
Confessin’ to impeachable crimes on social media. Is this part of Trump’s insanity defense? https://t.co/6LaEhVIdAA
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) September 23, 2019
And cops to withholding the money. https://t.co/IQcOpFQuml
— digby (@digby56) September 23, 2019
He just admitted the quid pro quo!!! https://t.co/1zBbkcWp6S
— Ken Gude (@KenGude) September 23, 2019
This is the suspect admitting to the elements of the crime https://t.co/HT2suDkm5i
— Dylan Williams (@dylanotes) September 23, 2019
For all you @SenateGOP and @HouseGOP cowards claiming the reports about Trump extorting Ukraine into digging up dirt on his political opponent are fake news, here he is – your mob boss – admitting to it AGAIN.
cc @senatemajldr @GOPLeader https://t.co/CrwMnryZsT
— Polly Sigh (@dcpoll) September 23, 2019
I’m genuinely not sure anymore if Trump is so brazen about his criminality because he knows Congress won’t do anything about it or bc he’s so delusional & entitled and so completely surrounded by sycophants he actually believes the law doesn’t apply to the presidency. https://t.co/UyWQkNwVQ0
— Zack Hunt (@ZaackHunt) September 23, 2019
He just keeps admitting to a criminally corrupt and impeachable offense because he believes no one is going to do a damn thing about it https://t.co/SzAwuUP0H2
— Leigh Drogen (@LDrogen) September 23, 2019
— CC (@ccmoose01) September 23, 2019
Trump declares impeachment ‘dead’ — and demands apology — in late night Twitter outburst
President Donald Trump lashed out on his favorite social media platform late Thursday evening.
Eight minutes before midnight eastern time, Trump unloaded.
Trump wrote, "Democrats must apologize to USA: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that 'United States Ambassador Gordon Sondland did NOT link financial military assistance to a request for Ukraine to open up an investigation into former V.P. Joe Biden & his son, Hunter Biden. Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigation.'”
Trump did not say why he was taking the word of a foreign official over multiple sworn testimonies from members of his own administration.
Pelosi is ‘marrying up the facts and the law’: Ex-prosecutor says ‘bribery’ is a critical indictment of Trump
Speaker Nancy Pelosi was masterful in using the word "bribery" to describe President Donald Trump's actions with Ukraine that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, according to a former federal prosecutor.
MSNBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed former Assistant U.S. Attorney Berit Berger on Thursday evening's "The Last Word."
Please expand for us on why it is significant and why is it important to label this bribery," Williams said.
"So I think Nancy Pelosi was very specific in calling this bribery for two reasons," Berger replied.
"The first is that -- unlike quid pro quo -- ribery is something that most people understand, especially people who have children," she said, with a chuckle. "We all sort of have a general understanding of that."
Giuliani henchmen showered Republican with cash — and Trump almost made him ambassador to Ukraine: report
Yet another bombshell report has shed new light on President Donald Trump's suspicious Ukraine policies.
"At the same time that Rudy Giuliani and his now-indicted pals were pushing for President Donald Trump to remove Amb. Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine, Trump administration officials were eyeing potential contenders to take over her job. One of the people in the mix, according to three sources familiar with the discussions, was Rep. Pete Sessions, a former Congressman who called for Yovanovitch’s firing," The Daily Beast reported Thursday night. "He is also a longtime ally of the former New York Mayor, and is believed to have taken millions of dollars from Giuliani’s indicted cronies."