The more we learn the dirtier this whole thing sounds.
Courtesy of TPM:
According to newly released documents, the White House moved to freeze military aid to Ukraine less than two hours after President Donald Trump’s July 25th call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The documents were obtained with a FOIA request by the Center for Public Integrity and published Friday night.
“Based on guidance I have received and in light of the Administration’s plan to review assistance to Ukraine, including the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, please hold off on any additional DoD obligations of these funds, pending direction from that process,” Mike Duffey, an Office of Management and Budget official, wrote in a July 25 email to OMB and Pentagon officials. “Given the sensitive nature of the request, I appreciate your keeping that information closely held to those who need to know to execute direction.”
On September 11, Duffey wrote another email informing Department of Defense Comptroller Elaine McCusker that the aid would be released. He said that he was “glad to have this behind us.”
According to ABC News Trump first started to talk about withholding the aid about a month before the phone call, which would have been several montha after Giuliani and his team of miscreants had been trying to dig up dirt on the Bidens.
It is clear from the documents that Trump, or at least the people around Trump, knew that withholding this aid was wrong and that they were worried about being caught.
That demonstrates a knowledge of wrongdoing, which also explains why the White House refused to cooperate with Congress and is fighting so hard to keep these documents from being released.