‘You just admitted the whole thing!’ Even late night comics can’t believe what Trump’s Chief of Staff said

  • 10/18/2019 8:24 am ET Sunny Hundal
Washington cannot believe Trump's Chief of Staff admitted to impeachment charges

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Even Fox News star Sean Hannity could not quite believe what he had just heard from the President’s acting Chief of Staff. “I just think he’s dumb, I really do,” Hannity said in shock. “I don’t even think he knows what he’s talking about.”

Mick Mulvaney yesterday stood in front of the nation’s top reporters and openly admitted that the President of the United States had withheld military aid to Ukraine to pressure the country to open an investigation that would benefit Donald Trump.

Not only did Mulvaney admit to impeachment investigators allegations, he said it was perfectly fine. It was the first time the White House admitted a direct link between the withheld aid and President Trump’s political agenda.

The announcement, all on camera, was so brazen even GOP Senators could not believe their ears. “You don’t hold up foreign aid that we had previously appropriated for a political initiative,” said GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. “Period.”

Republican Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida said Mulvaney’s statement was “troubling,” adding that it was “not a good thing” to do that in connection “with threatening foreign leaders.”

He added: “I’m not going to say anything about [the Impeachment vote] until all the facts are in. I remember too many people saying, ‘Oh, this is a witch hunt against Richard Nixon,’ and come to find out it wasn’t a witch hunt.”

Even comedian Trevor Noah couldn’t quite believe it

“It’s like the murder suspect in a Law & Order episode confessing in the middle of the scene. Like, ‘Yeah, I committed the double homicide, but the real question is, are you going to be a little bitch about it?’”

Jimmy Kimmel was aghast that the administration just “blatantly admitted” to the crime they had been denying all this time.

“Their defense has gone from if the glove doesn’t fit you must acquit to give me back my glove!”

The money quote

This is what Mick Mulvaney told reporters (with added emphasis):

“Did [President Trump] also mention to me in passing the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely—no question about that. That’s it, and that’s why we held up the money,” Mulvaney told reporters. “What happened in 2016 certainly was part of the thing that he was worried about in corruption with that nation, and that is absolutely appropriate.”

ABC’s Jon Karl said Mulvaney had just described the sort of ‘quid pro quo’ arrangement Trump and his team has repeatedly denied.

Mulvaney responded: “I have news for everybody: get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy.”

Denials

A few hours later Mulvaney abruptly denied it and claimed the press had wrongly reported what he had just admitted in front of everybody.

Transcript and video evidence

Except there is the tape…

And there’s a whole transcript where Mulvaney admits his boss committed a crime.

Sean Hannity loses it

“What is Mulvaney even talking about?” Hannity wondered aloud.

“I just think he’s dumb, I really do. I don’t even think he knows what he’s talking about. That’s my take on it.”

Perhaps Mulvaney was just caught saying what President Trump had been saying all along.

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