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White House Advised Diplomats To ‘Play Down’ Release Of Ukraine Funds

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New reporting shows the White House advised diplomats to “play down” the release of security funding to Ukraine once the money was finally approved.

Newly-released emails show the officials knew the funds were being held for corrupt purposes but chose to look the other way.

From the New York Times:

“Keep moving, people, nothing to see here …” Brad Freden, the State Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary overseeing issues in Europe and Eurasia, wrote in a Sept. 12 email obtained by The New York Times.

He said the National Security Council would not publicly announce that $141 million in State Department assistance was being restored after being held up in what the White House described as a normal review.

The money is now at the heart of an impeachment inquiry by House Democrats into whether President Trump withheld a total of $391 million in funding as he sought damaging information on his political opponents from Ukraine’s newly elected leader.

Much more at the link.

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