Sunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision

Mulvaney seeks to correct quid pro quo remarks in withering interview with Fox's Chris Wallace
By JUSTINE COLEMAN 
 
White House acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneySenate Republicans must stand up for the rule of law and ensure a fair, open proceeding Democrats cap impeachment arguments with focus on Trump stonewalling Lindsey Graham will oppose subpoena of Hunter Biden MORE insisted he never said the Trump administration expected a quid pro quo between U.S. aid to Ukraine and that Kiev launching investigations into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment MORE during a withering interview on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace: If I'm Trump, 'I would not be especially pleased' with White House defense Trump: Senate should decide on witnesses; Bolton testimony poses national security risk Trump lawyer: Abuse of power, obstruction articles 'have not fared well' MORE.
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Pompeo on Mulvaney admission of quid pro quo: 'I never saw that in the decision-making process'
BY ZACK BUDRYK
 
Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo explodes at NPR reporter, asks if she could find Ukraine on a map Huawei endangers Western values The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats turn to obstruction charge MORE on Sunday responded to acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s admission – which has since been walked back – that the White House made aid to Ukraine conditional on political investigations by saying he “never saw that."
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Mulvaney defends decision to host G-7 at Doral: Trump sees 'himself to be in the hospitality business'
By JUSTIN WISE
 
White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE was "honestly surprised at the level of pushback" against his decision to host the Group of Seven (G-7) summit at one of his resort properties, adding that Trump still "considers himself to be in the hospitality business."
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Democratic senator: Pompeo 'lives in a parallel alternate universe' on Syria
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezMedia's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle Dem senators say Iran threat to embassies not mentioned in intelligence briefing Overnight Defense: Iran crisis eases as Trump says Tehran 'standing down' | Dems unconvinced on evidence behind Soleimani strike | House sets Thursday vote on Iran war powers MORE (D-N.J.), the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, blasted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s optimistic assessment of the ceasefire between Turkey and Kurdish forces Sunday, saying Pompeo was in a “parallel, alternate universe.”
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Mulvaney says he didn't offer to resign over press conference
BY JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday he did not offer his resignation following a controversial press conference in which he indicated a quid pro quo transaction took place between President Trump and the Ukrainian president.
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Amash rips Trump over move to send troops from Syria to Iraq
BY JUSTIN WISE
 
Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashSanders co-chair: Greenwald charges could cause 'chilling effect on journalism across the world' Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall MORE (I-Mich.) on Sunday called out President Trump over the administration's decision to move U.S. troops from northern Syria to Iraq, saying that the move conflicts with Trump's repeated calls to bring forces home. 
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Fox's Wallace says 'well-connected' Republican told him there's a 20 percent chance GOP will vote for impeachment
BY JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
Fox's Chris Wallace said a "well-connected" Washington Republican told him that there's a 20 percent chance enough Republicans will vote to remove the president from office in an impeachment trial in the Senate.
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Buttigieg: Trump undermining US credibility 'is going to cost us for years and years'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegPoll: 68 percent of Democrats say it 'makes no difference' if a candidate is a billionaire CNN to host two straight nights of Democratic town halls before NH primary Poll shows tight general election battle between Trump and top Democrats MORE (D) said Sunday that President Trump’s approach to foreign policy will “cost us for years and years” on the world stage.
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House Democrat pledges 'there will be open hearings' in impeachment inquiry
BY ZACK BUDRYK
 
Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesTwitter users invoke Merrick Garland after McConnell, Graham comments on impeachment trial Pelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers This week: Impeachment inquiry moves to Judiciary Committee MORE (D-Conn.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday the House will hold open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump, though the pace of new revelations made it difficult to predict when that would be.
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Hurd: No Ukrainian officials have told State Department 'they felt like their arms were being twisted'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdThe Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' House Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts MORE (R-Texas), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that during the committee’s depositions of State Department officials, it had yet to hear from Ukrainian officials who believed there was a quid pro quo relating to aid to Ukraine.
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Buttigieg says he wasn't comfortable with Clinton attack on Gabbard
BY JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg in a Sunday interview expressed discomfort with Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders to Clinton: 'This is not the kind of rhetoric that we need' Sekulow vows Bidens, Ukraine will be part of Trump impeachment defense Elizabeth Warren: More 'Hillary' than Hillary MORE's characterization of Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardJoe Rogan says he's probably voting for Bernie Sanders Gabbard tells Fox that Clinton's 'Russian asset' remark is 'taking my life away' Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Bezos phone breach raises fears over Saudi hacking | Amazon seeks to halt Microsoft's work on 'war cloud' | Lawmakers unveil surveillance reform bill MORE (D-Hawaii) as a Russian asset.
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