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Trump's administration put hold on Ukraine aid same day as Trump-Zelensky call

The agencies were notified at a July 18 meeting that aid had been frozen at the direction of the President, a week before the Trump-Zelensky call
15:37, 27 November 2019

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The White House budget office's first official action to withhold $250 million in Pentagon aid to Ukraine came on the evening of July 25, the same day President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke on the phone, CNN reports.

A hold was placed on the Ukraine aid at the beginning of July, and the agencies were notified at a July 18 meeting that it had been frozen at the direction of the President, a week before the Trump-Zelensky call.

Related: White House releases transcript of Trump's April conversation with Zelensky

The career official who initially withheld the aid money was Mark Sandy, according to a source familiar with the matter. Sandy testified before House impeachment investigators in a closed-door deposition.

As we reported earlier, on Monday, U.S. federal court two federal agencies to hand over the documents related to Trump administration's withholding of military aid to Ukraine to the media organization "Center for Honesty in Society", The Hill informed.

"The requested documents are sought in order to inform the public on a matter of extreme national concern," Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, a district judge for the District Court for the District of Columbia stated.

Related: Why President Trump’s Ukraine scheme matters

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