Ukraine Aid Was Released After Federal Lawyers Said Trump Freeze Was , It wasn’t Donald Trump who released the first of Ukraine military aid, but the State Department after lawyers determined that the White House .
Freeze on the funds was illegal, several sources have told Bloomberg. Trump has claimed he released the aid September 11. But five sources told Bloomberg that $141 million , Of the money was actually authorized to be released several days earlier after lawyers determined that the White House Office the president,
had no legal standing to block the funds. The decision was outlined in a classified memo , to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to Bloomberg. Other details of the memo were not revealed. The information severely undercuts Trump’s insistence that there was no military aid quid pro quo when he pressed Ukraine President ,
Trump has pointed to the fact that he released the aid before a probe was begun. Officials have testified before House lawmakers that the aid — amounting to a total of some $400 million ,
Officials supporting Ukraine feared that if the money was not disbursed by September 30, the end of the fiscal year, it would likely no longer be available. Trump has claimed he was the one who decided to release the money after a plea from GOP Ohio Sen. Rob Portman .
“He called up, ‘Please let the money go,’” Trump said. Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor testified that it was the legal offices at the both the State and Defense departments that decided they were “going to move forward with this assistance — OMB notwithstanding.” Trump’s strategy to involve Ukraine in American politics by pressing the nation to launch an investigation into the president’s rival ,