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GOP hopes for happy holidays get Trumped

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20.10.2019
GOP hopes for happy holidays get Trumped

By Martin Schram

Last week was remarkably challenging for President Donald Trump's ever-fearful, fawning, but increasingly fed-up Republican congressional claque. An eruption of stunning Trump Team admissions and disasters has just propelled them toward inevitable impeachment decisions they'd hoped to duck.

On Thursday, Trump's permanently-acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney made news he was trying not to make. He admitted a truth Team Trump had repeatedly denied. Mulvaney said Trump's representatives "absolutely" demanded Ukraine agree to accept what we all call a quid pro quo to get U.S. military aid and a meeting between Trump and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate a long-discredited U.S. right-wing conspiracy theory Rudy Giuliani loves ― that a Ukraine connection exists to the 2016 campaign scandal about missing Democratic National Committee emails.

"And that's why we held up the money," Mulvaney told reporters. " ... We do that all the time ... Get over it. There's going to be political influence in foreign policy." Mulvaney denied it was about gathering dirt on former vice president Joe Biden (just Biden's party). No matter; it is illegal for officials to seek anything of political value in exchange for U.S. aid. (Mulvaney must have caught hell from Trump; by nightfall,........

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