Impeachment Investigation: Mulvaney Sparks Firestorm in Washington

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Was there quid pro quo involved in President Trump’s controversial communications with Ukraine?

The acting White House Chief of Staff told reporters there was, and that they should quote “get over it”.

Mick Mulvaney said the U.S. held back aid to create pressure for an investigation into Trump’s opponents.

“Did he also mention to me in passing the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely. No question about that. That’s it, and that’s why we held up the money… And I have news for everybody. Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy,” said Mulvaney.

Mulvaney’s comments have sparked a firestorm in Washington. Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell of the Intelligence and Judiciary Committee says Mulvaney “co-signed the president’s confession.”

“Mister Mulvaney’s acknowledgment means that things have gone from very, very bad to much, much worse,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

A source familiar with discussions by the president’s legal team says they were stunned. President Donald Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow said “the legal team was not involved in the acting Chief of Staff’s press briefing.”

Mulvaney later moved to clean-up his comments, saying in a statement: “the president never told me to withhold any money until the Ukrainians did anything related to the server.”

President Trump said he wasn’t fully aware of Mulvaney’s comments, saying “Mick is a good man. I don’t know. I have not heard anything about it.”