"Unsend," anyone? The White House mistakenly emailed its talking points on the Ukraine scandal to House Democrats on Wednesday, the Hill reports. The offices of Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Don Beyer were among those who confirmed receiving the 11:22am email, which the White House tried to recall about a half hour later. Oddly, Democrats were in no mood for a recall. "The White House just sent this to Congressional offices, I assume under the mistaken impression that we are incapable of rational thought," tweeted Aaron Fritschner, Beyer's communications director. See the document in his tweet, or read a few highlights and reactions:
- "The transcript clearly shows there was no quid pro quo or anything else inappropriate about the conversation between President Trump and President Zelenskyy [sic]," says the document.
- "Myth: The President made a mysterious 'promise' to Zelenskyy [sic] in return for Ukraine reviving an investigation relating to Joe Biden and his son. Fact: There was no such promise."
- "It is entirely appropriate for the President to ask a foreign leader to investigate any connection between his country and attempted interference in the 2016 election."
- The memo says "the real scandal" is the "media frenzy of false accusations against the President ... [that] forced the President to release the transcript."
- "Did you ever think you would grow up to be someone who got paid to tell people that obvious corruption was okay?" Fritschner wrote in his reply to the administration.
- "For some strange reason, they forgot to mention that Mr. Trump said, 'I would like you to do us a favor though' after Zelensky brought up military aid," tweeted Sen. Bernie Sanders.
- "I would like to thank @WhiteHouse for sending me their talking points on how best to spin the disastrous Trump/Zelensky call in Trump’s favor," tweeted Rep. Brendan Boyle. "However, I will not be using their spin and will instead stick with the truth."
- "It's a master class in straw man arguments," tweets HuffPo political writer Matt Fuller.
(Read five takes on the memo about Trump and Zelensky's phone call.)