Republican leader struggles to defend Mulvaney quid pro quo press conference remarks
Added 10-19-19 03:11:02pm EST - “House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was "very clear in cleaning up his statement" on whether President Trump floated a quid pro quo to Ukrainian leaders.” - News.yahoo.com
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One of President Trump’s staunchest defenders in Congress struggled Friday to explain acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s conflicting statements during and after a press conference about whether the administration floated a quid pro quo to Ukrainian officials by which U.S. military aid would be given in exchange for an investigation into the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“I think you saw Mick Mulvaney clarify his statement,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters at a news conference. “He said, ‘Let me be clear, there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukraine military aid and an investigation into the 2016 election.’”
McCarthy was then asked how the president could have confidence in Mulvaney if he “is going to say one thing in front of the cameras and then completely reverse it later.”
“I think what Mick clarified in his statement was very clear. I watched in all those transcripts of what people have been saying inside the investigation — Volker and others — there was no quid pro quo,” McCarthy said.
On Thursday, Mulvaney undercut Trump’s central defense of his months-long efforts to convince Kiev to launch an investigation into a conspiracy theory positing that a computer server belonging to the Democratic National Committee resided in Ukraine.
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