Published: Sun, January 05, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Top Democrats React to Unredacted Emails: ‘What Else Is Trump Hiding?’

Top Democrats React to Unredacted Emails: ‘What Else Is Trump Hiding?’

Schiff added, MSNBC reports, "The disclosure of these incriminating documents reinforces the need for all of these materials to be produced, and that a fair trial in the Senate can not take place without them".

President Trump gave "clear direction" to federal officials to withhold a nine-figure military aid package from Ukraine after asking that nation's leader to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden, according to newly leaked emails between administration officials.

The latest report, from the liberal group Just Security, reveals an email on August 30 from Michael Duffey, the associate director of national security programs at the Office of Management and Budget to the Pentagon, in which Duffey calls the delayed security aid a "clear direction" from Trump. This statement was one of several edited lines in 300 pages of emails that the administration released to the Center for Public Integrity last month following a court order in a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act.

Schumer, DN.Y., has issued a statement stating that unprocessed emails viewed by the national security website Just Security raise questions about Trump's decision to withhold U.S. $ 391 million in military assistance for Ukraine, which can only are answered by testimonials from key Trump officials.

Duffy's email, sent about two months into the freeze, had not been provided to House impeachment investigators.

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Over all, these exchanges show growing tension between the White House and the Pentagon in late August and early September, as Defense Department officials questioned if they would be able to spend all of congressionally appropriated military aid to Ukraine before the deadline at the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

The official stated that DoD instructed OMB it ought to take accountability.

Senator Chuck Schumer of NY, the Democratic leader, has portrayed Mr. Blair and Mr. Duffey as two of the four key witnesses he believes the Senate should call in Mr. Trump's impeachment trial, along with Mr. Mulvaney and John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump's former national security adviser.

Hours after the July 25 Trump-Zelensky call, Duffey wrote to top defense officials: "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 [Department of Defense] obligations of these funds, pending direction from that process", according to Just Security. "These are questions that can only be answered by examination of the documentary evidence and by the testimony of key Trump administration officials under oath in a Senate trial".

And House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff released a statement while asking, "What else is Trump hiding?" "The Administration did not want Congress to find out why", MSNBC reports. But emails from the Office of Management and Budget that could illuminate what the White House knew and when are being withheld behind a wall of black bars. From their deeply incriminating character, we are able to now see why they have been hid: They immediately corroborate witnesses who testified that navy help to Ukraine was withheld on the route of the President and that the White Home was knowledgeable doing so might violate the regulation.

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