Pentagon confirms that military aid for Ukraine frozen for political reasons

Pentagon confirms that military aid for Ukraine frozen for political reasons

12.11.2019 09:42Laura Cooper, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Defense, a Ukraine expert at the Pentagon, confirmed that she had information about intentions of President Trump’s Administration to freeze military aid for Ukraine in exchange for statements linked to investigations against the Bidens.

The U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on November 11 issued the relevant statement announcing a release of Laura Cooper’s Transcript as Part of Impeachment Inquiry.

“Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper testified that President Trump, through the Office of Management and Budget, directed the freeze on hundreds of millions of dollars of critical military aid for Ukraine, against the judgment of career officials in the Department of Defense, Department of State, and other relevant agencies,” the statement says.

Also, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense told the Committees that she raised concerns to senior U.S. government officials about “the legality of withholding the congressionally-authorized money, and the challenges that White House delays would put on spending it.”

“Cooper also testified that, during a meeting on August 20, 2019, with Ambassador Kurt Volker, he strongly implied that the hold on assistance might be resolved if Ukraine was willing to issue a statement related to election interference,” reads the statement.

A reminder that the House of Representatives in late September initiated an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, who allegedly put pressure on Ukraine to obtain personal political benefits in the US presidential election. The Committees, which are conducting the investigation, will move on to the public hearing phase this week.

(c)UKRINFORM 2019

9 comments

    • The aid was not frozen but released. Funny the Democrats didn’t raise a fuss when Obama really did freeze aid TWICE in 2014 and 2015. These selective leaks show the absurdity of these partisan hearings.

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    • Impeachment hearing is on TV now and ambassador William Taylor is ripping Trump a new one.

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      • The United States is firmly committed to Ukraine’s success – your success is our success. We will not allow Russia to dismantle the international order that was painstakingly built after World War II.  The concepts of sovereignty, territorial integrity, and peaceful resolution of disputes benefit all nations.  And Russia’s war against Ukraine shreds the international norms that kept peace and enabled prosperity for decades.

        https://ua.usembassy.gov/op-ed-in-novoye-vremya-by-cda-taylor-ukraines-committed-partner/

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        • I was reading that article yesterday, I like how he write about the US commitment to Ukraine and what the Ukrainians want for their future. I liked this statement, It expresses well what we all want, inside and outside Ukraine! 🙂

          “It appears to me that Ukrainians want a new Ukraine — a prosperous, democratic Ukraine, where all citizens are held equally accountable under the law, where decisions by judges and MPs are not bought, where oligarchs do not wield influence over political and economic policy. They want a new Ukraine where journalists do not face reprisal for honest reporting, where businesses know they are investing in a transparent and fair environment and have an impartial court to mediate disputes. Ukrainians deserve this new Ukraine – and they are demanding it.”

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          • I agree, it expresses what we all want , inside and outside Ukraine.
            Including an overwhelming majority of the American people …. Republican and Democrat..

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      • Nice try troll. I should remind you that all the votes in Congress supporting Ukraine have been widely bipartisan. Stop trying to divide supporters of Ukraine. Vwe ponymaietsya russki?

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        • You forgot to call me a leftist, you can do much better than just put my comments on moderation 😂 For me a Trump supporter is the same kind of people that followed their leader in Germany until 1945!

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          • People like you have the right to remain ignorant, it’s your choice. I only ask that you try to remember who the real enemy is. It’s not me and it’s not even Trump, but that’s the reality that opposes you.

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