OMB filing reveals Trump involved in Ukraine discussions early as June

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"The Department of Justice revealed in a court filing late Friday that it has two dozen emails related to President Donald Trump's involvement in the withholding of millions in security assistance to Ukraine -- a disclosure that came just hours after the Senate voted against subpoenaing additional documents and witnesses in Trump's impeachment trial, paving the way for his acquittal.

The filing, released near midnight Friday, marks the first official acknowledgment from the Trump administration that emails about the President's thinking related to the aid exist, and that he was directly involved in asking about and deciding on the aid as early as June. The administration is still blocking those emails from the public and has successfully kept them from Congress.

A lawyer with the Office of Management and Budget wrote to the court that 24 emails between June and September 2019 -- including an internal discussion among DOD officials called "POTUS follow-up" on June 24 -- should stay confidential because the emails describe "communications by either the President, the Vice President, or the President's immediate advisors regarding Presidential decision-making about the scope, duration, and purpose of the hold on military assistance to Ukraine.

"Trump's decision to withhold nearly $400 million in US military aid to Ukraine as he pressed the country to investigate Hunter Biden and Joe Biden, his potential 2020 general election rival, are at the center of the President's impeachment trial. Trump and his allies have repeatedly made unfounded and false claims to allege that the Bidens acted corruptly in Ukraine. "

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/01/politics/trump-ukraine-aid-emails-omb-justice-department/index.html

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foodonastump

Oh golly what unfortunate timing. I wonder if those emails contain anything relevant.

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Nana H

What is democracy without transparency ? Come on Bolton.....spill it and bring a few buddies with you.

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Kathy

I believe Bolton said he asked him to work on it in May. Biden announced in late April.

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lurker111

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Hey look...They reduced biden to a "potential rival".

There goes the case, again.

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paprikash

I’m glad Trump checks out countries we give big bucks to. He has questioned our giveaways for years.

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ubro(2a)

I’m glad Trump checks out countries we give big bucks to. He has questioned our giveaways for years.

Checking out is very different from bribing them for a personal favour before you give them the money that Congress allotted. The first is good the other is corrupt.

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patriciae_gw(07)

Lurker, you and everyone else forget that the first part of Trump's Ask on the phone call was getting to the bottom of his conspiracy that the DNC server was in Ukraine and in some sort of unfathomable story line the DNC was complicit in hacking their own server with Ukrainian help or something like that. This was a smear on the ENTIRE Democratic party and not just one lone frontrunner.

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ubro(2a)

I think they also forget that Trump did not want the investigation, he wanted an announcement of investigation. That announcement would have been enough to smear Biden, they didn't actually have to do it.

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