Nancy Pelosi: Mulvaney Ukraine comment was a ‘confession’

President Donald Trump said his acting chief of staff “clarified” his previous statement that Ukraine aid had been contigent upon the country investigating the Democrats.
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Transcript for Nancy Pelosi: Mulvaney Ukraine comment was a ‘confession’
before on capitol hill later this months. And will certainly be asked about all this. Thank you. And Mick Mulvaney acknowledging that military aid to Ukraine was linked in part to investigation of Democrats. Here's Jon Karl. Reporter: It may have been the defining moment to the impeachment inquiry, but when the president was asked today about his acting chief of staff's blunt admission of a quid pro quo, he quickly changed the subject. Mr. President, do you want to clarify what Mick Mulvaney said yesterday? I think he clarified it. And I do have to say this. We yesterday had a tremendous day in Texas. We opened a Louis Vuitton plant. Reporter: Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is now denying that he said the president withheld military aid from Ukraine in part to pressure them to investigate Democrats. But he did say that, and it was on live TV. Did he also mention to me in the past that the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely, no question about that. Reporter: So the demand for an investigation into the Democrats was part of the reason that he ordered to withhold funding to Ukraine. The -- the -- look back to 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. Reporter: Withholding the funding? Yeah. Which -- which ultimately then flowed. Reporter: What you described is a quid pro quo. It is, funding will not flow unless the investigation into the democratic server happens as well. We do that -- we do that all the time with foreign policy. Reporter: Today Nancy Pelosi was blunt. "What he said was, of course, a confession." House Republican leader Kevin Mccarthy, however, said accepts Mulvaney's denial of his own words. I take Mick Mulvaney at his word for clarification. Jon, Kevin Mccarthy defending Mulvaney's walk-back. But today, a different comment from another Republican. Reporter: Yes, Rooney said he was shocked by the words, and skeptical about his attempt to take it all back. He said it's not an etch-a-sketch. And he does not rule out supporting the impeachment inquiry.

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