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Mulvaney’s Spin on Ukraine Aid

White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney engaged in some serious political spin when he tried to deny what he said in a televised press conference: that the White House withheld security aid to Ukraine, in part, because the administration wanted Ukraine to investigate Democrats and the 2016 election.

During an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” on Oct. 20, Mulvaney said there were “two reasons” the White House held up the funding: the need “to make sure” that Ukraine is dealing with its problem of “rampant corruption,” and to determine if “other nations, specifically European nations, were helping with foreign aid to the Ukraine.”

But, as Wallace pointed out, Mulvaney three days earlier in a press conference said there were “three issues” in withholding the money.

Mulvaney, Oct. 17: Three issues for that: the corruption of the country; whether or not other countries were participating in the support of the Ukraine; and whether or not they were cooperating in an ongoing investigation with our Department of Justice. That’s completely legitimate.

Even after Wallace played that clip, Mulvaney said, “I’m not acknowledging there’s three reasons.”

In the “Fox News Sunday” interview, Mulvaney also told Wallace he could “prove it to you” that there were only the two issues regarding the security aid to Ukraine. “The aid flowed,” Mulvaney said. “Once we were able to satisfy ourselves that corruption was actually — they] Zelensky and once we were able to establish we had the Office of Management and Budget do research on other countries’ aid to Ukraine, it turns out they don’t get any lethal aid, but they do give a considerable sum of money and nonlethal aid. Once those two things were cleared, the money flowed. There was never any connection between the flow of money and the server.”

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