This is a disturbing new revelation about the President related to Ukraine.
President Trump told his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to hold back almost $400 million in military aid for Ukraine at least a week before a phone call in which Trump is said to have pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate the son of former vice president Joe Biden, according to three senior administration officials.
White House officials insist this was not about Joe Biden.
One senior administration official said Monday that Trump’s decision to hold back the funds was based on his concerns about there being “a lot of corruption in Ukraine” and that the determination to release the money was motivated by the fiscal year’s looming close on Sept. 30.
Chris Murphy of Connecticut claims otherwise.
But the Ukrainian leader was apparently left with a different impression. Murphy, who spoke with Zelensky during an early September visit to Ukraine, said Monday that the Ukrainian president “directly” expressed concerns at their meeting that “the aid that was being cut off to Ukraine by the president was a consequence” of his unwillingness to launch an investigation into the Bidens.
The problem here is Chris Murphy has repeatedly shown himself to be a partisan hatchet man and it is very intriguing that Murphy is only raising this issue now publicly though his meeting happened a few weeks ago.
One person who could help resolve the matter is John Bolton, the former National Security Advisor. The story from the White House is as plausible as the story from Chris Murphy. The Washington Post says Bolton does not know why the money was held, but he could still undoubtedly give us some clarity on the subject.
Notwithstanding the same, this is one more data point the Democrats will use to advance impeachment and it is a pretty big one at that. The President continues to be his own worst enemy, but I expect some great explanations later today.