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Mulvaney continues to back away from quid pro quo, as top diplomat defends Giuliani’s role in Ukraine

October 21, 2019
Karoun Demirjian | The Washington Post
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney continued to back away Sunday from his public acknowledgment of a quid pro quo in which the Trump administration leveraged military aid to Ukraine for an investigation that could politically benefit President Trump, while the top U.S. diplomat defended Trump’s private lawyer’s role in Ukrainian affairs as “completely appropriate.”
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In admitting then denying quid pro quo, Mulvaney turns harsh impeachment spotlight on himself

October 19, 2019
Toluse Olorunnipa, Josh Dawsey | The Washington Post
Mulvaney’s performance the day before continued to reverberate Friday as Republican lawmakers, the Justice Department, Trump’s personal attorney, conservative media figures and several White House officials panned the news conference or distanced themselves from its contents.
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Giuliani pressed State Department, White House to grant visa to former Ukrainian official

October 19, 2019
Ellen Nakashima, Karoun Demirjian, Rosalind Helderman | The Washington Post
President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, pressed the Trump administration to grant a visa to a former Ukrainian official who had been removed from his job because of concerns he was not aggressively pursuing corruption cases, according to four U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
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Impeachment inquiry shows Trump at the center of Ukraine efforts against rivals

October 18, 2019
Ashley Parker | The Washington Post
Over two weeks of closed-door testimony, a clear portrait has emerged of a president personally orchestrating the effort to pressure a foreign government to dig up dirt on a potential 2020 political rival — and marshaling the full resources of the federal bureaucracy to help in that endeavor.
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White House acknowledges strings attached in Trump withholding Ukraine aid

October 18, 2019
Jeff Mason, Karen Freifeld | Reuters
President Donald Trump’s withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine was linked to his request that the Ukrainians look into a claim - debunked as a conspiracy theory - about the 2016 U.S. election, a senior presidential aide said on Thursday, the first time the White House acknowledged such a connection.
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Perry to Resign as Energy Secretary

October 18, 2019
Maggie Haberman, Lisa Friedman | The New York Times
Rick Perry, the energy secretary who has drawn scrutiny for his role in the controversy surrounding President Trump’s efforts to push Ukraine officials to investigate the son of a political rival, told the president on Thursday that he would resign from the cabinet.
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Ambassador says Trump directed diplomats to work with Giuliani on Ukraine

October 17, 2019
Manu Raju, Katelyn Polantz, Jeremy Herb | CNN
US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland was directed by President Donald Trump to work with Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine, he plans to tell Congress Thursday, and was left with a choice: Abandon efforts to bolster a key strategic alliance or work to satisfy the demands of the President's personal lawyer.
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White House Is Said to Open Internal Review of Ukraine Call

October 16, 2019
Maggie Haberman, Michael Schmidt, Julian E. Barnes | The New York Times
President Trump has for weeks sought to unmask the whistle-blower who shed light on his Ukraine dealings. But instead aides have fixated on one another: Advisers began a fact-finding review that some fear is a hunt for a scapegoat, according to White House aides and other people familiar with it.
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Hunter Biden denies wrongdoing in Ukraine, China dealings

October 16, 2019
Juana Summers | Associated Press
Hunter Biden, acknowledging that his family name created business opportunities, rejected assertions by President Donald Trump that he did anything wrong by engaging in foreign work in Ukraine and China. But Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, conceded that he failed to take into account potential implications for his father’s political career.
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