White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney struggled on Sunday to deny earlier remarks when he admitted President Donald Trump wanted a quid pro quo for as a condition of aid to Ukraine.
During an interview on FOX News Sunday, host Chris Wallace forced Mulvaney to watch video of himself bragging that Trump held up aid to force Ukraine to investigate the Democratic Party.
According to Wallace, Mulvaney “flinched” by denying that he ever admitted the quid pro quo.
“That’s not what I said, that’s what people said I said,” Mulvaney pleaded. “Here’s what I said… there were two reasons that we held up the aid.”
But on Thursday, Mulvaney had said that the aid was held up for “three reasons,” which he said included the Democratic Party’s server.
“I believe that anyone listening to what you said in that briefing room can come to one conclusion,” Wallace explained before replaying the tape of Mulvaney.
“Go back and watch what I said before that,” Mulvaney begged.
“You totally said that,” Wallace quipped. “You said what you said, and the fact is, after you had that exchange with [ABC’s] Jonathan Karl… you didn’t mention two conditions, you mentioned three conditions.”
At that point, Wallace forced Mulvaney to watch tape of himself again.
Watch Mulvaney flail throughout the interview clip below.
Pence adviser says that Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian president was ‘unusual and inappropriate’
Jennifer Williams, a Special Adviser on Europe and Russia issues for Vice President Mike Pence's foreign policy team, told congressional investigators that she viewed President Donald Trump's July 25th phone call to Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky as "unusual and inappropriate." Williams had listened in on the phone call while it was happening, and a whistleblower revealing the controversial contents of that call prompted the current impeachment inquiry into Trump.
This article first appeared in Salon.
Jim Jordan childishly refuses to condemn Trump’s Ukraine call: ‘Democrats have been out to get the president’
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Sunday argued that President Donald Trump should not be impeached because he never completed his quid pro quo with Ukraine.
During an interview on CBS, host Margaret Brennan explained that Trump only released aid to Ukraine after a whistleblower came forward with allegations that he was trying to bribe the country's president to investigate political rival Joe Biden.
"Most important, the Ukrainians did nothing, as far as investigations go, to get the aid released," Jordan opined. "There was never this quid pro quo, that the Democrats all promise existed before President Trump released the phone call."
Chuck Todd burns down GOP’s Ron Johnson’s Ukraine excuses: ‘You seem to blame this on everybody but the president’
A clearly exasperated Chuck Todd was forced to talk over a loud and filibustering Sen Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Sunday morning for once again pushing Ukraine conspiracies and arguing over whether Donald Trump wanted the president of Ukraine to attack former Vice President Joe Biden on his behalf.
Having let Johnson throw out several scenarios and try and spread the blame around, Todd, finally cut in to say, "You seem to blame this on everybody but the president. It was the president’s actions."
"You’re blaming everybody else for the reason we’re in this situation, other than the president," Todd continued. "Isn’t the president’s own behavior, which raised all of these yellow and red flags, isn’t is that why we’re here?”