White House blocks publication of letters on Trump's decision to delay assistance to Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

A significant part of the information was blacked out
21:02, 2 February 2020

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The White House blocks the publication of the presidential administration's original correspondence regarding the delay in military assistance to Ukraine in the summer of 2019. This was reported on the Center for Public Integrity website.

In December 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice published letters of U.S. officials regarding the withholding military assistance, but they were heavily edited. A significant part of the information was blacked out.

According to White House lawyer Heather Walsh, correspondence “shows communication between the president, vice president, and Trump’s closest advisers on decision making,” which is why it is privileged.

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However, the organization claims that the letters cannot be privileged, because the information in them concerns Trump's actions, which were recognized as illegal, and insist on the publication of the original letters.

We recall that at the end of June, the US Senate approved a draft law on the defense budget for 2020, which provided for the allocation of military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $ 300 million.

Trump delayed military assistance to Ukraine on the day of the July telephone conversation with Zelensky. During the telephone conversation, U.S. president several times mentioned the need to continue the investigation into the Burisma Ukrainian gas company. This call caused a stormy reaction from the media and society, and on September 24 last year, due to this reason, Congress began the impeachment of the American leader.

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