The Trump Doral-G7 announcement was designed to draw attention from Turkey-Syria warfare and #Trumpeachment. Unfortunately, Mick Mulvaney’s set-to with the press over the Ukraine quid pro quo did demonstrate the continuing messaging incompetence of the WH. Hours later, Mulvaney made a clumsy attempt to disinform the confession of what seems plainly obvious in the released documents.
The Washington Post decided to state its opinion because after all, democracy dies in darkness.
PRESIDENT TRUMP may be formally refusing to cooperate with a congressional impeachment inquiry, but on Thursday his acting chief of staff revealed all that House investigators need to know in order to determine whether Mr. Trump abused his oath of office.Yes, Mick Mulvaney said, Mr. Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine, money that had been appropriated by Congress and was desperately needed to resist Russian aggression, in order to induce the government of Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate a conspiracy theory about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the 2016 election. In other words, the president was using U.S. aid as leverage to advance his personal political agenda.“We do that all the time with foreign policy,” Mr. Mulvaney said with stunning brazenness. “I have news for everybody: Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy.”
[…]There is still more to learn about the Ukraine affair. But this much is now obvious: Mr. Trump conditioned U.S. defense aid, as well as a visit to the White House, on the Ukrainian president’s help in providing him with political dirt.It was a quid pro quo. It was corrupt. And his chief of staff confessed it, in the cynical expectation that Republicans would not hold Mr. Trump accountable. If Mr. Mulvaney is right, our political system will be grievously damaged.