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18 Oct 05:09 PM

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What does
"You don’t hold up foreign aid that we had previously appropriated for a political initiative. Period.” (last line)
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WASHINGTON — A top White House aide's suggestion that President Donald Trump sought a political favor from Ukraine in exchange for military aid has upended the administration's impeachment strategy and left his Republican allies flummoxed and frustrated.

White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday that Trump's decision to withhold $391 million in aid to Ukraine was linked to his desire for an investigation by Kiev into a debunked theory that a Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer server was held in Ukraine.

After weeks in which the president argued that he had done nothing wrong, Mulvaney's comments, which he later sought to walk back, seemed to undermine the core arguments that Trump and his advisers have made against the effort to oust him from office.

"Unless your ultimate goal is to get to the impeachment vote sooner rather than later, I don't see how that helps," said one former administration official with ties to the White House.

"I don't think it's damning in and of itself, but it's another piece of the puzzle that the Democrats are building and another incident that they can point to of using American foreign policy for private political gain," he said.

One of Trump's fellow Republicans, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, was quoted in media reports as saying: "You don’t hold up foreign aid that we had previously appropriated for a political initiative. Period.”

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