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Thu Jan 2, 2020, 05:04 PM

Exclusive: Unredacted Ukraine Documents Reveal Extent of Pentagon's Legal Concerns

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“Clear direction from POTUS to continue to hold.”

This is what Michael Duffey, associate director of national security programs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), told Elaine McCusker, the acting Pentagon comptroller, in an Aug. 30 email, which has only been made available in redacted form until now. It is one of many documents the Trump administration is trying to keep from the public, despite congressional oversight efforts and court orders in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation.

Earlier in the day on Aug. 30, President Donald Trump met with Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the president’s hold on $391 million in military assistance for Ukraine. Inside the Trump administration, panic was reaching fever pitch about the president’s funding hold, which had stretched on for two months. Days earlier, POLITICO had broken the story and questions were starting to pile up. U.S. defense contractors were worried about delayed contracts and officials in Kyiv and lawmakers on Capitol Hill wanted to know what on earth was going on. While Trump’s national security team thought withholding the money went against U.S. national security interests, Trump still wouldn’t budge.

Thanks to the testimony of several Trump administration officials, we now know what Trump was waiting on: a commitment from Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

But getting at that truth hasn’t been easy and the Trump administration continues to try to obscure it. It is blocking key officials from testifying and is keeping documentary evidence from lawmakers investigating the Ukraine story. For example, this note from Duffey to McCusker was never turned over to House investigators and the Trump administration is continuing to try to keep it secret.

https://www.justsecurity.org/67863/exclusive-unredacted-ukraine-documents-reveal-extent-of-pentagons-legal-concerns/

LOCK THEM UP.......................everyone of them in this corrupt criminal enterprise running around in the white house and other departments..............they cannot dismiss the authority of the Congress called the House of Representatives...............like they were / are trying to do........................

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Thu Jan 2, 2020, 06:23 PM

1. Kick!

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jan 2, 2020, 07:21 PM

2. Thank you!

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 2, 2020, 07:46 PM

3. Your welcome......................

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jan 2, 2020, 07:52 PM

4. A DUer said TURTLE doesn't want witnesses/evidence because it means: Conviction/Removal

This and much more had better be presented in the trial.






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Response to UTUSN (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 2, 2020, 08:00 PM

5. Damn straight!

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