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The Daily BeastOct 21, 2019
Mulvaney's Ukraine Story Undercut by Trump's Former Diplomat to the Country
Win McNamee/GettyIn his eye-popping press conference last week, White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said that the Trump administration withheld military aide from Ukraine in part to secure cooperation with a Justice Department investigation into the origins of Robert Mueller's Russia probe. But a former top U.S. envoy to Ukraine has said the DOJ never actually asked the White House for that help. 

Mulvaney has since tried to walk back his claim, saying the administration only held up military aid to Ukraine because of the country's corruption and because other countries weren't giving more aid as well. But the fact that his initial version of events differed so far from the testimony of another main player in the Ukraine saga highlights the White House's struggle to defend itself.

During his congressional deposition earlier this month, former U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that the Trump administration's Department of Justice never officially asked Ukrainian law enforcement for help probing 2016 election interference or the company where Hunter Biden was a board member, according to sources familiar with what Volker said. Trump himself asked Ukraine's president to scrutinize that company, Burisma, according to a memorandum of their conversation. But Volker has said that to his knowledge the Justice Department never officially made its ow

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