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Behind the Ukraine Aid Freeze: 84 Days of Conflict and Confusion


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WASHINGTON — Deep into a long flight to Japan aboard Air Force One with President Trump, Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, dashed off an email to an aide back in Washington.

“I’m just trying to tie up some loose ends,” Mr. Mulvaney wrote. “Did we ever find out about the money for Ukraine and whether we can hold it back?”

 

What emerges is the story of how Mr. Trump’s demands sent shock waves through the White House and the Pentagon, created deep rifts within the senior ranks of his administration, left key aides like Mr. Mulvaney under intensifying scrutiny — and ended only after Mr. Trump learned of a damning whistle-blower report and came under pressure from influential Republican lawmakers.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/29/us/politics/trump-ukraine-military-aid.html

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"Mr. Mulvaney is said by associates to have stepped out of the room whenever Mr. Trump would talk with Mr. Giuliani to preserve Mr. Trump’s attorney-client privilege, leaving him with limited knowledge about their efforts regarding Ukraine."

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/29/us/politics/trump-ukraine-military-aid.html

 

This is bizarre.

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"And there was a problem with this maneuver: Mr. Sandy was concerned it might violate a law called the Impoundment Control Act that protects Congress’s spending power and prohibits the administration from blocking disbursement of the aid unless it notifies Congress.

 

“I asked about the duration of the hold and was told there was not clear guidance on that,” Mr. Sandy testified. “So that is what prompted my concern.”

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1 minute ago, NeoConvict said:

The money was withheld by the omb for a routine policy audit of Ukrainian anti corruption measures. It was held and released without any involvement from the white house. Your latest coup attempt will fail spectacularly. 

 

Everything you said is a lie and barely worth bothering with.

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2 minutes ago, leftwinger said:

“I have no doubt about why the president allowed the assistance to go forward,” said Representative Eliot L. Engel, Democrat of New York and the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “He got caught.”

 

 

Omb routine audit. Money arrived ahead of deadline. Next?

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1 hour ago, NeoConvict said:

The money was withheld by the omb for a routine policy audit of Ukrainian anti corruption measures. It was held and released without any involvement from the white house. Your latest coup attempt will fail spectacularly. 

Yep... you just wiped leftwinger out!

SKIDMARKS...

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1 hour ago, NeoConvict said:

The money was withheld by the omb for a routine policy audit of Ukrainian anti corruption measures. It was held and released without any involvement from the white house. Your latest coup attempt will fail spectacularly. 

No one is buying that bulloney.

you best just admit trump been caught but you don’t believe the laws apply to him

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2 hours ago, leftwinger said:

 

At the article shows, from the very beginning Trump intended to harm Ukraine. Thank god no one was willing to go along with him--at least not without a fight.

Harm Ukraine by uncovering Obama administration crimes? Looks like he is helping a reluctant rape victim come forward. #metoo Ukraine! We know Biden sniffed you and his son touched you in a manner that was inexcusable. 

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6 hours ago, NeoConvict said:

He cooperated with Mueller. 59 million dollars in taxes spent, millions of documents, thousands of hours of testimony. He got nothing for it.

he cooperated? the prick didn't even answer questions but instead had his lawyer supply written answers. he beat the rap by not cooperating. 

 

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53 minutes ago, harryramar said:

he cooperated? the prick didn't even answer questions but instead had his lawyer supply written answers. he beat the rap by not cooperating. 

 

Not once did he claim executive privilege and he told his staff to cooperate 100%. Trump was never asked to sit down with Mueller and he answered written questions. The media may have strongly implied differently but they also strongly implied Trump was a tool of the Kremlin who would be removed from office any minute now.

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