WASHINGTON- Democrats from the House of Representatives of the US Congress on Monday sent subpoenas to the head of the Pentagon Mark Esper and the acting Director of the Office of Administration and budget of the White House Russell Voight with the requirement to provide lawmakers with documents relating to the freezing of military aid to Ukraine. According to the website of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the lower house of the American legislature, the documents are requested in connection with the investigation conducted as part of the impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump.
The authors of the letters and subpoenas were the chairmen of the special Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff, the Committee on oversight and government reform Elijah Cummings and the Committee on Foreign Affairs Eliot Engel.
As noted by lawmakers, the documents that need to be provided by October 15 are necessary to “study the sequence of events and the reasons behind the White House’s decision to withhold critical military assistance to Ukraine.”
“Committees are examining the extent to which President Trump has compromised national security by forcing Ukraine to intervene in our 2020 elections and withholding military aid provided by Congress to counter Russian aggression,” the press release said.
In late August, the American newspaper Politico reported that Trump ordered a review of military assistance to Ukraine. As noted by the publication, the American leader wanted to make sure that the money is used in the best way from the interests of the United States.
Later, a senior US administration official told Free News that the United States had restored all military assistance to Ukraine through both the state Department and the Pentagon. We are talking about at least $250 million through the Pentagon, which was frozen at the time of the audit of the relevant funds. In addition, as the assistant Secretary of state for military and political Affairs Clark Cooper, answering questions at a meeting with journalists, about $140 million will be allocated through the Foreign Ministry.