US Withheld Ukraine Military Aid: Washington Post

A political leader can legally use aid money and other policies as leverage in guiding countries on specific behaviors. Use of government money or policies for personal political gain is corruption. Donald Trump confirms that he delayed almost $400 million in aid for Ukraine due to concerns about levels of funding provided by European nations. On July 25, shortly after the aid was delayed, the US president had a telephone call with the Ukrainian president, during which it's alleged he requsted investigations of a political opponent and his son. A whistleblower is reported to have expressed concerns about the call. The Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act, approved in 1998, outlines procedures for government staff members with urgent concerns. The administration, describng the complaint as not urgent, declines to share details with members of Congress who are part of the whistleblower process. “Since Russia intervened in Ukraine and annexed its Crimean Peninsula in 2014, the European Union has provided more than 15 billion euros ($16.5 billion) in grants and loans to Ukraine, according to an E.U. fact sheet on relations with Ukraine,” reports the Washington Post. UPDATES: Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry against the president. The White House released a trancript, described as "not verbatim," of the telephone call. – YaleGlobal

US Withheld Ukraine Military Aid: Washington Post

Trump confirms he withheld military aid from Ukraine and discussed investigation of an opponent with Ukrainian president; he adds EU countries should help pay
Seung Min Kim and Colby Itkowitz
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Read the article from the Washington Post about US aid to Ukraine.    

Seung Min Kim is a White House reporter for The Washington Post, covering the Trump administration through the lens of Capitol Hill. Colby Itkowitz currently covers politics and Congress for The Washington Post. She joined the Post in March 2014. John Wagner in Washington contributed to this report.

Read about the process associated with the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act.

Read a transcript of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s statement: “Because of the wisdom of our Constitution enshrined in three co-equal branches of government serving as checks and balances on each other. The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution especially when the president says Article II says, ‘I can do whatever I want.’ For the past several months, we have been investigating in our committees and litigating in the courts, so the House can gather all the relevant facts and consider whether to exercise its full Article I powers, including a constitutional power of the utmost gravity of articles of impeachment….

“Because of the wisdom of our Constitution enshrined in three co-equal branches of government serving as checks and balances on each other. The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution especially when the president says Article II says, ‘I can do whatever I want.’ For the past several months, we have been investigating in our committees and litigating in the courts, so the House can gather all the relevant facts and consider whether to exercise its full Article I powers, including a constitutional power of the utmost gravity of articles of impeachment.”

Read the document described as “not a verbatim transcript” of the telephone call between the presidents of Ukraine and the United States from NPR.

Read the EU fact sheet on aid for Ukraine.

US foreig aid to Ukraine $421 million 2018

(Sources: USAID and ForeignAssistance.gov)

(Source: ForeignAssistance.gov)

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