A White House official requested to stop the military aid to Ukraine according to broadcast emails, following the call between Trump and Zelenski
About 90 minutes after the call last July of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, to his Ukrainian colleague, Volodímir Zelenski, a White House official requested to stop military aid to that country, according to emails released on Sunday, which sparked the debate on the political trial of the president.
The official, identified as Michael Duffey and who is associate director of National Security, asked, "based on guidance" that he had already received in light of the Trump administration's plan to review the assistance plan for that country, Pentagon officials who will stop delivery.RELATED
"Given the delicate nature of the request, I appreciate you keeping that information secret," Duffey added in a July 25 message to Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker and others, revealed by The Washington Post and CNN.
The documents, obtained by The Center for Public Integrity after the order of a judge, show, according to CNN, that the call between the rulers took place between 09:03 and 09:33 on July 25, and that an email Duffey's is sealed at 11:04 a.m., while that same message appears in another batch at 3:03 p.m.
The messages were known after the Democratic opposition last Wednesday approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress against Trump, who is the third president to face a political trial in the country's history.
The process triggered a leak in September from inside the White House about a controversial favor that the president asked the Ukrainian leader during his telephone conversation.
The leak, attributed to a CIA agent assigned to the White House, who informed the intelligence services about a July telephone conversation between Trump and Zelenski last July, encouraged Democrats to push that process forward.
In that call, Trump pressured Zelenski to investigate his political rival and former vice president, Democrat Joe Biden – currently a candidate for his party in the 2020 elections – and his son Hunter for alleged corruption in that country.
"This email from Michael Duffey, approximately 90 minutes after President Trump's call with the President of Ukraine, is one more reason why we need Duffey and others to testify in the Senate trial," Democratic Senator Chuck Schummer defended. in your Twitter account.
In addition, he asked the ruler to spread the emails and allow his "men" to testify under oath. "What are you afraid of," he asked.
Schummer proposed in the name of the Democrats that for the political trial in the Senate there be new witnesses such as former National House National Security Adviser John Bolton and the interim chief of Cabinet, Mick Mulvaney, as well as Duffey and the adviser to the Chief of the White House Cabinet, Robert Blair.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson defended in an interview with ABC and quoted by local media that the president "was worried about whether taxpayer dollars" should "be spent or not in a country where there have been proven cases of corruption."
While the spokeswoman for the Office of Administration and Budget (WBO), Rachel Semmel, said in a statement sent to CNN that it is "irresponsible" to link the withholding of funds with the phone call, noting that this decision was announced at a meeting the July 18.
"Removing a line from an email and not addressing the context is misleading and inaccurate," he argued.
With EFE information