White House budget officials laid groundwork to freeze Ukraine aid before July 25 call, heavily redacted emails show

(CNN)Officials at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget were laying the groundwork to freeze military aid to Ukraine the night before President Donald Trump’s controversial phone call with the Ukrainian President, newly released, heavily redacted emails show.

On the evening of July 24, the night before the call, OMB officials shared a “Ukraine Prep Memo” with Michael Duffey — the office’s associate director of national security programs, a political appointee and the budget official who would play a direct role in carrying out Trump’s funding freeze.
“We will be standing by to answer any questions that you have and are happy to schedule time to discuss if you like,” OMB official Paul Denaro wrote to Duffey that evening.

Article URL : https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/22/politics/new-omb-ukraine-documents-american-oversight/index.html

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