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The Daily BeastOct 18, 2019
Laura Ingraham: Mick Mulvaney Admitted to Quid Pro Quo Because He's Not a Lawyer (Except He Is!)
Fox NewsHours after acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney held a disastrous press briefing in which he acknowledged a quid pro quo with Ukraine and said politics were influencing President Donald Trump's foreign policy decisions, Fox News host Laura Ingraham tried to blame Mulvaney's performance on the fact that he isn't a lawyer.

There's just one problem with Ingraham's theory: Mulvaney is a lawyer.

Midway through Thursday afternoon's White House presser, the acting chief of staff said Trump mentioned the corruption he was concerned about in Ukraine was "related to the DNC server" and that was the reason "why we held up the money." After admitting to a quid pro quo, Mulvaney added that everybody needs to "get over it" and realize there's "going to be political influence in foreign policy."

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Washington Post PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Live updates: Trump advisers and DOJ enraged by Mulvaney remarks; Pelosi puts no timetable on impeachment inquiry
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney held a combative news conference as House investigators heard from Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.

The Daily BeastOct 17, 2019
Mick Mulvaney Has Conservatives Asking: WTF Are You Doing?
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastOver the course of about 40 minutes on Thursday, President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, made two startling admissions: that U.S. military aid to Ukrainian had been contingent on an investigation into a debunked 2016 election-interference conspiracy theory and that politics was influencing his boss' foreign policy.

And if all but admitting the president engaged in quid pro quo wasn't enough, he then proceeded to act like it was the most natural thing in the world… until a few hours later, when he pretended it never happened at all.

It was, in short, a remarkable afternoon for the acting chief of staff, whose standing in the White House seems a bit more precarious by the day as he himself gets drawn further into impeachment proceedings threatening the president. 

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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CNN PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Mulvaney brashly admits quid pro quo over Ukraine aid as key details emerge -- and then denies doing so
White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney made a stunning admission Thursday by confirming that President Donald Trump froze nearly $400 million in US security aid to Ukraine in part to pressure that country into investigating Democrats.

Washington Post PoliticsOct 17, 2019
‘All roads lead to Putin:' Pelosi questions Trump's loyalty in White House clash
The House speaker described the moment captured by a White House photographer when she challenged the president amid bipartisan anger of his decision on Syria.

White House official denies Ukraine investigation into 2016 election was a condition for aid (Reuters Politics)

Huffington Post PoliticsOct 17, 2019
In Dallas, Trump Unleashes Wrath On Democrats As Impeachment Inquiry Finds Foothold
Earlier in the day, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney confirmed Trump ordered military aid to Ukraine to be put on hold. He later denied those remarks.

CNN PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Mulvaney outlines White House Ukraine defense: Quid pro quo was about 2016 not 2020
The White House has settled on its defense for President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani's actions on Ukraine: It's all about 2016, not 2020.

CNN PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Energy Secretary Rick Perry informs President Trump of his plans to resign later this year as scrutiny over Ukraine heats up
Energy Secretary Rick Perry notified President Donald Trump that he plans to resign from his post, two administration officials confirmed to White House reporters on Thursday.

New York Times PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Mulvaney Says, Then Denies, That Trump Held Back Ukraine Aid as Quid Pro Quo
At first the acting White House chief of staff undercut the president's denial of a quid pro quo. Late in the day he reversed himself.

Fox PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Pence says Erdogan knows Trump 'says what he means' after Syria cease-fire
Fox News' Chief White House correspondent John Roberts sat down with Vice President Mike Pence in Ankara, Turkey Thursday following Pence's announcement that Turkey had agreed to a ceasefire in Syria. 

Yahoo PoliticsOct 17, 2019
'Climate change will not be on the agenda' of next G-7, White House says
President Trump will not be discussing climate change at the next G-7 meeting, his acting chief of staff says.

CNN PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Trump's Syria policy and behavior in meeting alarm Republicans
Members of President Donald Trump's own party are privately alarmed at his demeanor this week and his apparent lack of understanding of the consequences of his Syria policy, according to a Republican source familiar with a recent White House meeting.

New York Times PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Trump Will Host Next G7 Summit at His Doral Resort
"It's almost like they built this facility to host this type of event," the acting White House chief of staff said, dismissing questions over the propriety of the president picking his own hotel.

Washington Post PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Who was in the White House photo of the ‘meltdown' meeting, annotated
The Fix analyzes the reactions of everyone in the photo President Trump tweeted out of the White House "meltdown" meeting.

White House selects 'perfect' location for G-7 meeting: Trump National Doral in Miami (Yahoo Politics)

The Daily BeastOct 16, 2019
Trump Rages at Pelosi, Mattis, and Communists During ‘Meltdown' in White House Meeting
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/GettyPresident Donald Trump invited Democratic Party leaders to the White House on Wednesday and proceeded to have what those leaders described as a "meltdown" in front of them. Before the lawmakers left early, Trump managed to rail against communists, his own former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and House speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom he called "a third-rate politician," according to the Democratic leaders and sources' descriptions of the meeting.

Shortly after the brief, cross-partisan meeting with the president in the Cabinet Room—which was convened to discuss Syria and Turkey-related matters—Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) emerged to give a readout to reporters on what was, in Schumer's words, Trump's "nasty diatribe."

"What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown—sad to say," Pelosi told reporters. "I think that vote, the size of the vote—more than 2-to-1 of the Republicans voted to oppose what the president did [on troops in Syria]—it probably got to the president, because he was shaken up by it [and] that's why we couldn't continue in the meeting because he was just not relating to the reality of it."

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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