House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Friday defended White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's walk-back of comments made related to President Donald Trump's decision to withhold military aid being linked to a political favor from Ukraine.
Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday (October 18) 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 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.
The confirmation of a quid pro quo, or favor for a favor, would bolster Democrats' arguments that Trump misused his office.
In a written statement, Mulvaney later accused the media of misconstruing his comments.
President Donald Trump was met with boos and chants of "Vote Him Out" as heappeared at the Supreme Court to honour the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Mr Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania, was seen wearing a mask as hestood behind one of the court columns on Thursday morning.
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As President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were paying their respects to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on Thursday in front of the court, the crowd begins to boo and chant "vote him out."
Donald Trump has again declined to commit to a peaceful transition of power ifhe loses November’s US presidential election. The president has for severalmonths been pressing a campaign against mail-in voting in the poll by tweetingand speaking out critically about the practice, which has been encouraged bymore states as a way of keeping voters safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney plans to launch a hedge fund focused on financial-sector stocks. The firm is named Exegis Capital. Mulvaney talked about the fund on S&P Global's "Street Talk" podcast. He said the fund will leverage Mulvaney's experience in government to find opportunities linked to legislation and regulation. He added that investors "like to think the market moves on fundamentals" but policy out of Washington plays an increasingly important role.
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[NFA] Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday said Black turnout was the linchpin to his hopes of winning the White House in November and said African Americans would only achieve equality once they were in a position to build wealth, and voting was the starting point. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
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Law enforcement officials are looking for the person or people who sent a poison-filled package to US President Donald Trump. According to Newser, the package never even made it as far as the White House mailroom. It was flagged at an off-site sorting facility. The package contained ricin. It's a toxic compound made from castor beans that can be fatal if inhaled or ingested. Ricin has appeared in political terror schemes before, in the US and elsewhere.
The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker linked to Republican efforts to dig up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, accusing him of trying to interfere in the U.S. election. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
[NFA] A lawyer for Julian Assange told a London court on Friday that she was present when an ally of U.S. President Donald Trump offered to arrange a pardon for the WikiLeaks founder in return for information that would "benefit President Trump politically." Conway G. Gittens has more.
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[NFA] Mourners quietly filed past the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's flag-draped coffin outside the white marble court building on Wednesday as the United States began three days of tributes to the liberal icon. Freddie Joyner has more