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White House Ordered Freeze of Ukraine Aid 91 Minutes After Zelensky Call

Lead Alex Marquardt Live Jake Tapper _00001629 Emails: Trump Orders Pentagon to Stop $391M to Ukraine 2 Hours After Fishy Phone Call
Noel Elliott | 24 December, 2019, 00:48

When Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) reached out to the Republican leadership last week about calling witnesses at Donald Trump's impeachment trial, the New York Democrat pointed to several individuals who could shed light on the White House's Ukraine extortion scheme.

Trump pressured Zelenskiy to investigate his political rival, former vice-president Joe Biden.

A judge ordered the Office of Management and Budget and the Pentagon to hand the documents over to the Center for Public Integrity Friday in response to a FOIA request.

"I don't know if this call was a mistake, but again, I think there are plenty of mistakes that have been made by both President Obama and President Trump regarding Ukraine and how to deal with Russian aggression in Ukraine".

Emails obtained by the government watchdog group through a Freedom of Information Act request show that Mike Duffey, an official at the Office of Management and Budget, directed the Defense Department to "hold off" on military aid to Ukraine at 11:04 a.m., less than two hours after Trump's conversation with Zelensky on July 25.

"Given the sensitive nature of the request, I appreciate your keeping that information closely held to those who need to know to execute the direction", he added in the email to Pentagon official Elaine McCusker and others.

The pause on aid was first introduced in a July 18 interagency meeting, in which Trump first announced the freeze and the administration told Congress the aid wasn't granted because of an "interagency delay".

"To pull a line out of one email and fail to address the context is misleading and inaccurate".

"This email is explosive".

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Parliament approved two impeachment proceedings against Trump's request last week, according to which Ukraine is investigating Biden and his son while United States military aid to Kiev has been detained. "A top administration official, one that we've requested, is saying, "Stop the aid" 91 minutes after Trump called Zelensky, and said, 'Keep it hush-hush.' What more do you need to request a witness?"

The start date of the trial is in doubt, as partisan wrangling between the parties continues.

Schumer met with Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday to discuss the terms of a trial.

But Democrats say new witnesses should be heard in the Senate, including at least four current and former White House aides with knowledge of the Ukraine affair.

Republicans now hold 53 seats in the 100-seat chamber, making a conviction - which requires a two-thirds vote - extremely unlikely.

Mr Murphy later seemed to concede that the documents, while important, were just the latest piece of evidence in a months-long inquiry spearheaded by House Democrats that still seems certain to end in Mr Trump's acquittal by the Republican-controlled Senate, some time in early 2020.

"They are violating the Constitution", Trump said, calling Pelosi "crazy Nancy".

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