Pompeo on Mulvaney admission of quid pro quo: 'I never saw that in the decision-making process'
Added 10-20-19 10:56:03am EST - “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday responded to acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's admission ?" which has since been walked back ?" that the White House made aid to Ukraine conditional on political investigations…” - Thehill.com
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoErdoğan got the best of Trump, experts warn Graham: I'm seeking to make Trump successful 'but not at all costs' Ex-Watergate prosecutor says evidence in impeachment inquiry 'clearly' points to Trump MORE on Sunday responded to acting White House Chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview Trump accuses media, Democrats of going 'crazy' over G-7 at his Miami resort MORE’s admission – which has since been walked back – that the White House made aid to Ukraine conditional on political investigations by saying he “never saw that."
“I never saw that in the decision-making process that I was a part of,” Pompeo said on ABC’s “This Week,” adding, “the conversation was always around what were the strategic implications [and] would that money get to the right place?”
Pompeo repeatedly demurred on “talk[ing] about internal deliberations” at the State Department with host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosKudlow: 'I don't honestly know' if Trump was joking about China investigating Bidens The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's impeachment woes mount Jordan refuses to say whether Trump asking China for investigation was appropriate MORE and said he would not discuss a “hypothetical” about the appropriateness of conditioning foreign aid on political investigations, despite the host noting that Mulvaney said it had, in fact, occurred.
“I’ll leave it to the chief of staff to explain what it is he said. I’m telling you what I was involved with, I’m telling you what I saw,” Pompeo said.
Mulvaney said in a press conference last week that the Ukrainian aid had been delayed while the White House sought an investigation into the 2016 election, saying there is “going to be political influence in foreign policy,” adding “get over it.” Mulvaney has since walked back the comment, saying “there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election.”
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