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 will inevitably abandon his GOP enablers ‘like a sack of rotten fruit’: NYT editorial
On Saturday, The New York Times editorial board published a warning to Republicans that it is time they took a stand on principle against President Donald Trump — because Trump himself will not protect the GOP when they need it.
"In the summer of 1950, outraged by Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist inquisition, Margaret Chase Smith, a Republican senator from Maine, stood to warn her party that its own behavior was threatening the integrity of the American republic," wrote the board. "'I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the four horsemen of calumny — fear, ignorance, bigotry and smear,' she said. 'I doubt if the Republican Party could — simply because I don’t believe the American people will uphold any political party that puts political exploitation above national interest. Surely, we Republicans aren’t that desperate for victory.'"
Florida Republican said he may vote to impeach Trump — then announced he was retiring from Congress
Yet another Republican announced they would not be running for re-election in 2020.
"Representative Francis Rooney, Republican of Florida, who has refused to rule out voting to impeach President Trump, said on Saturday that he would not be seeking re-election," The New York Times reported. "Rooney, who first won his district in southwest Florida in 2016, said on Fox News that he believed he had accomplished what he wanted to do in Congress and had grown frustrated with aspects of legislative service."
Dershowitz files countersuit against Epstein victim after judge rules she can sue him for defamation
According to Page Six, retired Harvard Law professor and celebrity defense attorney Alan Dershowitz is preparing to countersue Virginia Guiffre, who filed a defamation suit against Dershowitz alleging that she was passed around to him by billionaire wealth manager Jeffrey Epstein while being kept as a "sex slave."
This move comes after a judge ruled that the original defamation suit can move forward.
Dershowitz has denied all allegations from Guiffre, arguing that evidence proves he did not even know the people that Guiffre is alleging are witnesses at the time.