Newly Released Emails Show Trump Admin’s Efforts To Cover Up Ukraine Scandal
Newly unredacted emails show that Office of Management and Budget and the Defense Department’s discussion on the withholding of military aid to Ukraine held significant concern over the legality and sustainability of the hold, according to The Washington Post.
According to one email from top OMB official Michael Duffey on Aug. 30, there was “clear direction from POTUS to continue to hold.”
In the emails initially released by the Justice Department, many of the redactions were suspicious and puzzling. The redactions include repeated references to legal problems with withholding the aid, basic questions about the subject, and warning that waiting until too late into the fiscal year might mean that some of the funds would never reach Ukraine.
Acting Defense Department comptroller Elaine McCusker told Duffey that OMB general counsel Mark Paoletta “appears to continue to consistently misunderstand the process and the timelines we have provided for funds execution.”
McCusker then told Defense Department officials in an email that “OMB continues to ignore our repeated explanation regarding how the process works.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) both argued that the report was evidence of a need to uncover more.
“Trump engaged in unprecedented, total obstruction of Congress, hiding these emails, all other documents, and his top aides from the American people,” Pelosi tweeted. “His excuse was a phony complaint about the House process. What’s the excuse now? Why won’t Trump & McConnell allow a fair trial?”