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    Mulvaney Suggests, Then Denies, Quid Pro Quo Over Ukraine

    In a routine briefing yesterday, the acting White House chief of staff made the press room "a confession chamber," commentators say: Mick Mulvaney openly said that President Donald Trump withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine until it investigated claims that Kyiv interfered with the 2016 U.S. election. Mulvaney later retracted his remarks in a written statement, but that did little to calm the bipartisan frenzy sparked by his apparent acknowledgement of the quid pro quo at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

    Why does it matter? Congressional investigators will probably use Mulvaney's comments to corroborate witness testimony in the probe.

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