Top Trump Aides Opposed Blocking Military Aid to Ukraine

In June earlier this year, a few days after
Trump first asked about halting Congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine, acting White
House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney wrote an email to a Senior White House aide saying
quote: “I’m just trying to tie up some loose ends, did we ever find out about the
money for Ukraine and whether we can hold it back?” Welcome back to, I’m Carl
Cameron. The response came from Robert Blaire, an adviser
to the President Trump and a Senior Adviser to Mulvaney, who wrote, quote: “Expect
Congress to become unhinged.” Well, yeah. The Constitution gives Congress, not the President,
the power over the national purse. Blaire also suggested it could increase concern
about Trump’s affection for Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Congress subpoenaed Blair and Mulvaney to
testify in the House Impeachment Inquiry. Both refused based on the President’s claim
of Executive Privilege. But in August some of Trump’s Cabinet and
Senior Staff were pushing him to release Ukraine’s aid according to the New York Times. “In late August, Defense Secretary Mark T.
Esper joined Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and John R. Bolton, the national security
adviser at the time, for a previously undisclosed Oval Office meeting with the President where
they tried but failed to convince him that releasing the aid was in the interests of
the United States.” That explains why Republicans in the Senate
are refusing to allow any witnesses to testify in the Senate trial on whether or not to remove
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