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E-mails show extensive effort to justify Trump's decision to block Ukraine military aid


November 25, 2019

Patrick Semansky – Associated Press

Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney listened as President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in the Oval Office on Nov. 13. E-mail exchanges between Mulvaney and White House budget officials are part of an internal review of a decision to withhold military aid to Ukraine.

A confidential White House review of President Donald Trump's decision to place a hold on military aid to Ukraine has turned up hundreds of documents that reveal extensive efforts to generate an after-the-fact justification for the decision and a debate over whether the delay was legal, according to three people familiar with the records.

The research by the White House Counsel's Office, which was triggered by a congressional impeachment inquiry announced in September, includes early August e-mail exchanges between acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and White House budget officials seeking to provide an explanation for withholding the funds after Trump had already ordered a hold in mid-July on the nearly $400 million in security assistance, according to the three people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal White House deliberations.


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