nearvideo the Pentagon certified in may of 2019, that Ukraine had taken significant measures” to clean up corruption
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, John Rood letter of certification of congressional lawmakers was a prerequisite for the release of $ 250 million in military aid.
President Trump has cited corruption in Ukraine as one of the reasons for his government’s $ 250 million in military aid at the beginning of July held back, in front of a controversial July 25 phone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart.
But Fox News has confirmed that the Pentagon under-Secretary for policy, John Rood, sent a letter to Capitol Hill, lawmakers in may, the certification, “the government of Ukraine of the essential measures for the defense of the institutional reforms for the purpose of reducing the corruption, [and] increasing the accountability,” reported first by NPR has taken.
The $ 250 million in military aid was in the Sept. 11, a day after house Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., to submit a formal request, a whistleblower complaint of the President of Ukraine to call to the Committee. Until today, $ 225 million has been allocated to according to the defense officials.
Trump has repeatedly said, his July call with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky was “perfect.” Trump also has the restraint to deny help to motivate you to study Ukrainian officials potential 2020 election rival Joe Biden, whose son Hunter, and their business activities in Ukraine.
UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT, IN THE MEETING WITH TRUMP, WHO SAYS: “NO ONE URGED ME TO INVESTIGATE BIDEN
Zelensky, said on Wednesday that Trump had not pressured him in to your call over the summer.
“No one has driven me,” he said in a bilateral meeting with Trump at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York City. “We had a great phone call. It was normal.”
The transcript of the conversation Thursday was published. It is the President, a study from the Ukraine in the Biden family was looking for is shown, although it is not Trump to show explicitly the use of US aid as you originally proposed.
Trump to Joint Base Andrews returned on Thursday and called the allegations, which spurred on to hunt a house impeachment inquiry, “another witch.”
He tweeted earlier on the call, saying it was a “very nice, not pressure.”
“Here we go again. It is Adam’s ship and his crew, make up stories,” Trump told reporters, noting: “It is a terrible thing for our country.”
“It was a call to an absolutely perfect phone, the new President of Ukraine,” he added.
WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT ABOUT THE UKRAINE CALL TO BE PUBLISHED, CLAIMING TRUMP REQUESTED FOREIGN “INTERFERENCE” IN THE ELECTION
On June 18, the Ministry of defence 250 million dollars in aid for Ukraine, announced. On July 25, Trump the now controversial call with Zelensky had.
A month later, on Aug. 26, which was forwarded to the whistleblower complaint to the Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire.
Ship invited Maguire on Sept. 13, claimed the acting Director was unlawful the withholding tax of a whistleblower complaint by the Congress, possibly for the protection of the President or top government officials. Maguire testified publicly before the Committee on Thursday.
UKRAINE’s foreign Minister DEFENDED TRUMP’S CALL WITH ZELENSKY:” I THINK THERE WAS NO PRESSURE”
The Minister of defense Mark Esper tweeted on Sept. 18 he had a “productive call” with Ukraine, the defense Minister.
“I’m optimistic, what his vision for the MoD [Ministry of defence] and the commitment to the defense and anti-corruption reforms. I expressed unwavering US support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Esper said.
On Wednesday, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the Pentagon Office of the Inspector General asked to examine the Defense Department’s potential role in the restraint of $ 250 million in military aid to Ukraine.
“I call on the DoD to investigate the OIG, is the reluctance of the Ukraine military assistance, requested by the Congress, allegedly in the direction of the White house.
“The delay raises the question of whether DoD should be involved in any scheme to target a political opponent,” he tweeted.
Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.