Trump allies push back on ‘quid pro quo,’ say envoy testified Ukraine initially unaware of aid holdup
President Trump and his allies in Congress pushed back against damaging revelations from diplomat Bill Taylor’s Tuesday testimony – in which the Ukraine envoy said the administration linked U.S. military aid to a call for politically related investigations in Kiev – saying the witness also acknowledged under questioning that Ukraine was initially in the dark on the aid holdup.
Sunday House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said that while his committee plans on investigating a host of issues relating to President Trump’s July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the main focus will center on the president’s “fundamental breach of the president’s oath of office.”
The State Department reportedly has ramped up its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server, potentially reviving an issue that dominated the 2016 presidential election campaign.
For a long time it’s been speculated the long-awaited review of alleged surveillance abuses by the Department of Justice and the FBI during the investigation into Russia’s purported meddling in the 2016 presidential election could drop any day.
It’s still not here.
Wednesday the DOJ said that President Donald Trump did not violate campaign finance laws in his July conversation with the Ukrainian president about former Vice President Joe Biden.
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney insists he did not admit to wrongdoing by President Trump after comments he made during a marathon press briefing Thursday were interpreted as evidence of a quid pro quo linking military aid to Ukraine with an investigation of potential Ukrainian involvement with Democrats during the 2016 election.
Tuesday Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley urged Democrats not to use impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump to delay action on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement.
Wednesday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she hopes to keep working with U.S. President Donald Trump on legislation, even though she announced the day before that her chamber was launching a formal impeachment inquiry that could ultimately remove Trump from the White House.