White House Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney confirmed on Thursday that US President Donald Trump held about $400 million to invest in the Bidens investigation. However, he took his words back, then.
Donald Trump strongly rejected a quid pro quid scheme of the US assistance in Ukraine, Mulvaney affirmed the rumour, saying: “Get over it.”
«We do that all the time with foreign policy,» Mulvaney said of the influence of Trump’s policy.
Afterward, Mulvaney attempted to come clean that he did not say anything about the quid pro quo, though he was asked clearly about Trump’s investment into the Bidens investigation in Ukraine and answered positively.
«The only reasons we were holding the money was because of concern about lack of support from other nations and concerns over corruption,» Mulvaney said in a written statement, adding, «There never was any condition on the flow of the aid related to the matter of the DNC server.»
«If the White House was withholding aid in regards to the cooperation of any investigation at the Department of Justice, that is news to us,» a senior Justice Department official commented on such White House’ unspecific aloofness from money management.
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