The White House chief of staff temporarily recognized a "give and take" with Kiev and defended the parallel diplomacy led by Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
The White House has modified for a few hours its line of defense in the case that is worth to the President an indictment by the House of Representatives, before brutally backtracking.
The leading right hand of Donald Trump, Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, indeed acknowledged, Thursday, October 17, at a press conference, that a significant US aid had been temporarily blocked to urge the Ukrainian authorities to open an investigation into possible interference from their country in the 2016 presidential election.
"We froze the money"
" (President) he mentioned in passing, " during a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky on 25 July "Corruption related to the computer server of the Democratic Party? Absolutely, there is no doubt about it. That's why we froze the money, assured Mr. Mulvaney.
A few hours later, as the measure of the stupefaction created, the director of cabinet retracted his remarks, yet pronounced in front of the cameras, assuring in a statement that the media had "Distorted". He then denied any link between "Help" and "the server issue ", Wanting to see in the episode the proof of a «Witch hunt against President Trump ".
So far, in fact, the latter has denied having exerted any pressure during this telephone conversation. The White House has released a report against this conversation. While his interlocutor had just mentioned the need for weapons of his country, Donald Trump had asked him " A favor " : the opening of investigations into the hacking of the Democratic Party's computer system in 2016, as well as a private gas company that counted the son of a political opponent of President Joe Biden on its board of directors.
A conspiracy theory, relayed by the conservative media, indeed wants the US cybersecurity company CrowdStrike, which has analyzed this piracy, intentionally manipulated its results to involve Russia. This same thesis presents one of the founders of CrowdStrike, Dmitri Alperovitch, American of Russian origin, as "A rich Ukrainian", as mentioned by Donald Trump on July 25th. The latter is furthermore convinced that "Ukraine has" the server hacked. A former homeland security advisor to President Tom Bossert has publicly judged this theory "Completely fanciful".