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U.S. Democrats House demands documents about military aid for Ukraine from Pentagon, Trump's administration

The Congressmen want to identify whether there was a link between the suspension of disbursement of the military aid for Ukraine and Trump's requirement from the Ukrainian government to investigate Bidens' case
23:22, 7 October 2019

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House of Democrats of the USA sent a request to the leadership of the Defense Department and Office of Management and Budget of the President's Administration for the documents related to the decision of President Donald Trump to suspend of disbursement of funds on the military aid for Ukraine. The Hill reported that. 

“The enclosed subpoena demands documents that are necessary for the committees to examine this sequence of these events and the reasons behind the White House’s decision to withhold critical military assistance to Ukraine that was appropriated by Congress to counter Russian aggression,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) wrote.

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In letters to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) acting director Russell Vought, the three committee chairmen who lead the House's impeachment inquiry asked for the documents to be provided by October 15.

The Congress appropriated $250 million to the Ministry of Defense for the initiative on Ukraine's security support. However, according to the statements, Trump asked Mick Mulvaney, currently the acting White House Chief of Staff, to suspend the military aid for Ukraine in July 2019. 

The U.S. President had a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25. In it, he urged to investigate the case of Joe and Hunter Bidens. He said he would tell his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General William Barr to consult with the government of Ukraine. 

The committee chairmen are demanding that Esper handed over documents related to Trump's phone calls with the Ukrainian president and efforts by any current or former Trump administration officials to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate the Bidens.

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