At Press Conference, Mulvaney Admits Trump Committed Impeachable Offense
The Trump administration withheld U.S. military aid to Ukraine earlier this year because the president and others first wanted the country to agree to investigations, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said during a Thursday press conference.
That arrangement is what sparked the current impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, as part of the deal included investigating his potential political rival, Joe Biden.
After ABC News’ Jonathan Karl noted that Mulvaney’s explanation was the definition of a quid pro quo, the official said it was no big deal, because it happens all the time in foreign policy.
Some social media users were quick to point out that holding out on foreign aid until a country agrees to U.S. foreign policy is one thing, but doing so in order to obtain personal favors affecting domestic politics is entirely different.
Josh Campbell on Twitter
“After @jonkarl points out the White House's explanation for its dealings with Ukraine was quid-pro-quo, the chief of staff replies: "We do that all that time with foreign policy." To those concerned about political influence in foreign policy, he says, "Get over it." https://t.co/AYoTajGLTL”