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  Posted 20 October 2019 - 05:12 AM

CNN Falsely Claims White House 'Admits to Quid Pro Quo' with Ukraine

by Joel Pollak
Oct 17. 2019


CNN claimed Thursday that the White House "admits to quid pro quo with Ukraine."

That appeared to be the opposite, in fact, of what happened during a press conference with acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

Mulvaney told reporters that there had been no quid pro quo, as described by those pursuing his impeachment — that President Donald Trump had not withheld aid from Ukraine until it agreed to investigate his potential 2020 presidential rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

What Mulvaney actually said was that the Trump administration had initially withheld funding from Ukraine for a variety of reasons, including the fact that Europe was not providing enough funding for military aid. Another reason, he said, was suspicion of past corruption in Ukraine — which included Ukraine's possible role in interfering in the 2016 presidential election, including its possible possession of a Democratic National Committee server.

Mulvaney said: "The look back to what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the things [President Trump] was worried about in corruption with that nation. That is absolutely appropriate."

When a reporter said that was a "quid pro quo," Mulvaney objected that it was routine for the U.S. to withhold funding from foreign nations all the time. He gave an example from this week: the U.S. had withheld aid from the "Northern Triangle" nations — El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala — until they agreed to help stop migration.

Mulvaney later added: "The money held up had absolutely nothing to do with Biden."

When another reporter used the term "quid pro quo," Mulvaney objected:

Those are the terms you use. Go look at what [U.S. Ambassador to the European Union] Gordon Sondland said today in his testimony — was that, I think, in his opening statement — he said something along the lines of, they were trying to get the "deliverable," and the deliverable was a statement by the Ukraine about how they were going to deal with corruption. Okay? Go read his testimony, if you haven't already. And what he says, and he's right, that's absolutely ordinary course of business. This is what you do. When you have someone come to the White House — when you either arrange a visit for the president, you have a phone call with the president — a lot of times we use that as the opportunity to get them to make a statement of their policy, or to announce something that they are going to do. It's one of the reasons you can sort of announce that on the phone call or at the meeting. This is the ordinary course of foreign policy.

As Mulvaney was speaking, Vice President Mike Pence was preparing to announce a cease-fire agreement with Turkey in which the U.S. would withhold further economic sanctions once Turkey had allowed Kurdish fighters to withdraw.

The White House has insisted throughout the Ukraine controversy that there was no "quid pro quo" in relation to a request by the president that the Ukrainian government look into possible corruption involving Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and the former vice president's past pressure to fire a prosecutor who had investigated his son's company.

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 05:36 AM

The WH needs to sue CNN for libel

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:05 PM


CNN Falsely Claims...

Sooooooooo... business as usual for CNN.


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