1. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Adam Schiff, (D) California: ++INCLUDES WALK UP AND WALK AWAY AT END++
"I just want to make a very brief statement in light of the comments of the Acting Chief of Staff or Chief of Staff Mulvaney. With his acknowledgment now that military aid to a vital ally and ally battling Russia as we speak was withheld in part out of a desire by the president to have Ukraine investigate the DNC server or Democrats of 2016. Things have just gone from very, very bad to much, much worse. The idea that vital military assistance would be withheld for such a patently political reason, for the reason of serving the president's re-election campaign is a phenomenal breach of the president's duty to defend our national security. And I hope that every member, Democrat and Republican, will speak out and condemn this illicit action by the president and his chief of staff. Thank you."
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says "things have just gone from very, very bad to much, much worse." Rep. Adam Schiff is referring to the White House's acknowledgement that it held up military aid to Ukraine while President Donald Trump pushed Ukraine's new leader to investigate Democrats.
Schiff is leading the Democrats' impeachment inquiry. Three House committees are investigating Trump's push to have the Ukrainian president conduct investigations that could benefit Trump's 2020 reelection campaign.
Schiff says the idea of withholding military aid is "a phenomenal breach of the president's duty to defend our national security."
Trump ultimately released nearly $400 million in military and other aid to Ukraine. And the president says he's done nothing wrong in his dealings with Ukraine