Daily US Times, Washington: The Trump administration was forced to hand over another round of communications between the US and Ukraine. This revealed communication will help congress to understand how quickly The White House moved to cut off military aid to Ukraine.
Department of Defense (DoD) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was bound to unveil the documents following a federal judge’s order on Freedom of Information Act. The documents obtained Friday by the Center for Public Integrity were heavily redacted.
Susan Smith Richardson, CEO of Public Integrity, said the documents aren’t enough, but it will help to answer some important questions.
It was first revealed throughout a July 18 White House meeting between the Workplace of Administration and Finances (OMB) and different officers that the White Home had determined to withhold the Ukraine aid. Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney stated the direction was on President’s wish. However, documents unveiled Friday evening stated that President Donald Trump first began inquiring concerning the support in early June.
A DoD official named Eric Chewning sent a mail to DoD deputy comptroller Elaine McCusker on June 19 saying ‘The President has asked about this funding release’. It was just one day after DoD first publicly announced the funding.
Eric Chewning attached a news link about the funding announcement and said it is the source of President’s renewed interest and he has been tasked to follow up with someone with more details followed by asking ‘Do you have insight on this funding?’
A week later, in another mail, Chewning continued his search for more specifics on behalf of the President asking ‘What was the funding used for?….who funded it? What do other NATO members spend to support Ukraine?’
During House Intelligence Committee testimony, OMB head Mark Sandy recalled similar information.
A $400 million military aid to Ukraine from the US was ultimately held up before Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President. Several witnesses complain to the due authorities that Trump misuses his power during talking to Ukraine President. This leads the investigation of whether Trump withheld aid in an attempt to pressure Ukranian President Zelensky into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.