Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he never saw the kind of quid pro quo that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney referred to on Thursday with regard to the decision-making process he was involved in.
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“The conversation was always around what were the strategic implications,” Pompeo said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “Would that money get to the right place or would there be corruption in Ukraine and the money wouldn’t flow to the mission that it was intended for.”
After repeated denials by the administration — including by the president himself — Mulvaney told ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl during a briefing on Thursday that there was a quid pro quo in the Ukraine affair. He has since walked back those comments, writing in a statement that the press has “decided to misconstrue” his earlier comments.
When asked if he wanted to clarify on Friday, President Donald Trump said “I think (Mulvaney) clarified it.”
Last month, Pompeo was subpoenaed as a part of the impeachment inquiry against Trump and he has accused Democrats of attempting to “bully” State Department officials. He was listening to the July call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy — which is at the center of the complaint — ABC News reported earlier this month.
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