Trump admitted that there was a quid pro quo but is claiming that it wasn’t a quid pro quo because the Ukrainians didn’t know about it.
Neither he (Taylor) or any other witness has provided testimony that the Ukrainians were aware that military aid was being withheld. You can’t have a quid pro quo with no quo.” Congressman John Ratcliffe @foxandfriends Where is the Whistleblower? The Do Nothing Dems case is DEAD!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2019
There are several factual misrepresentations in Trump’s tweet.
According to NBC News, everyone in Ukraine knew that it was a quid pro quo:
Everybody in Ukraine knew that it was a quid pro quo according to NBC News. pic.twitter.com/JfPJTLj7or
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) October 22, 2019
Bill Taylor testified that there was a quid pro quo. He was directed to withhold the Ukraine aid until the Ukrainians agreed to investigate the Bidens. Taylor also testified that the person who was directing the quid pro quo was Donald Trump.
Trump admitted that there was a quid pro quo, as the White House has adopted the defense of admitting everything, but saying so what. The president is still trying to discredit the whistleblower as he hasn’t realized that the basis for his impeachment is the transcript of the phone call that he released and the witness testimony and documents from his administration.
Donald Trump is acting as his own impeachment lawyer, and in the process, is cementing his legacy as the third president in history ever to be impeached.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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