CNN: New E-mails Reveal Mulvaney Played a Role in Withholding Ukraine Aid

‘Mulvaney asked about withholding the aid nearly a month before that now infamous Trump/Ukraine phone call’

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TAPPER: “It is official, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with the President of Ukraine this week in Kiev. Arriving after the top diplomat there, Bill Taylor who testified in the impeachment inquiry, was encouraged to leave his post. And as we learn new details about the White House efforts to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars of military aid to Ukraine to at least in part push Ukraine to commence an investigation that might help President Trump politically, as admitted by the White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. In e-mails obtained by The New York Times, Mulvaney asked about withholding the aid nearly a month before that now infamous Trump/Ukraine phone call in July, only to be cautioned by one adviser, 'expect Congress to become unhinged.' The Times also reports a previously unknown meeting where President Trump's top national security officials trying to convince him to release the aid arguing it was in the best interest of the United States, only to be rebuffed by a defiant President Trump.”

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