Trump allies push back on ‘quid pro quo,’ say envoy testified Ukraine initially unaware of aid holdup

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President Trump and his allies in Congress pushed back against damaging revelations from diplomat Bill Taylor’s Tuesday testimony – in which the Ukraine envoy said the administration linked U.S. military aid to a call for politically related investigations in Kiev – saying the witness also acknowledged under questioning that Ukraine was initially in the dark on the aid holdup.

Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, asserted that this counters claims of a “quid pro quo.”

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“At the end of the day, this was about quid pro quo and whether or not the Ukrainians were aware that military aid was being withheld and on that most important issue. Neither this witness or any other witness has provided any evidence that there was a quid pro quo, or any evidence that the Ukrainians were aware that military aid was being withheld on July 25,” Ratcliffe said on “The Story” Tuesday night, claiming that absent testimony speaking to that point, “a quid pro quo is legally impossible.”

“You can’t have a quid pro quo with no quo.”

— Rep. John Ratcliffe

He was referring to the now-famous phone call on July 25 between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, 

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