Mulvaney: Ukraine Funds Withheld In Part Due to 2016 Issue

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A reporter told Mulvaney that he admitted to a quid pro quo by acknowledging that Ukraine's aid was contingent on them conducting an investigation that could help Trump politically. The report added, "The role of the OMB in handling the aid money has also placed Mick Mulvaney, the director of the OMB and also the president's chief of staff, under growing scrutiny".

Mick Mulvaney said so Thursday while acknowledging a quid pro quo regarding U.S. aid to Ukraine-the first such admission by a White House official, the New York Times reports. "And that is absolutely appropriate".

"Our view was that the men and women of the State Department, not the president's personal lawyer, should take responsibility for all aspects of US foreign policy towards Ukraine", he says.

He pointed to the example of the administration holding up aid to Central American countries to force them to change their policies on immigration.

What's more, NBC News reported last week that the White House's decision to block the release of nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine - a key element of the scandal - went through the White House Office of Management and Budget.

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Not only did Mulvaney announce that the administration would hold the G-7 summit at Trump's National Doral resort in Florida next summer, the acting chief of staff said it was the President's idea. But a senior Justice Department official told Fox News that the department had no idea what Mulvaney was talking about.

"We do that all the time with foreign policy", he said, referring to requirements for foreign aid before it was released.

Trump has claimed multiple times in the past, without evidence, that a server with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's missing emails on it was being held by a company based in Ukraine.

It is illegal to solicit or receive anything of value from a foreign entity in USA elections.

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