- In a Friday interview on “Fox & Friends,” President Donald Trump admitted to doing the key act driving the House’s impeachment inquiry.
- Specifically, he acknowledged that military aid was held up to pressure Ukraine’s government to investigate a baseless conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election.
- In the interview, Trump referred to a discredited conspiracy theory that CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm he falsely claimed was owned by Ukrainians, got its hands on a Democratic National Committee server.
- After bringing up his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, he said: “I mean, I asked it very point-blank, because we’re looking for corruption. There’s tremendous corruption. Why should we be giving hundreds of millions of dollars to countries when there’s this kind of corruption?”
- In less than a minute, Trump appeared to, for the first time, link the 2016 conspiracy theory to the vague “corruption” concern his allies have cited as rationale for his withholding the critical military aid to Ukraine.
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Remember, "Crowdstrike" is the conspiracy theory that Ukraine and the DNC framed Russia. Here's President Trump again pushing this claim, supported by Republicans: that Russia is innocent, didn't interfere in the 2016 election. Who did it? Ukraine and the DNC. pic.twitter.com/mmSjgKTQJq
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 22, 2019
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