Home Politics The damning new evidence found about the Zelensky phone call
The House managers at President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial on Wednesday stressed as they did Tuesday, the need to order other relevant witnesses and documents for the proceedings of the trial.
Their statements come on the heels of Tuesday’s release of serious new evidence signaling that White House officials were looking to halt the released of about $400 million in military support to Ukraine on July 24th, the day before the U.S. President’s July 25th call with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
During the July 25th call, Donald Trump found pushing Zelensky to “do us a favor” by inaugurating an investigation of one of President’s chief political rivals in the 2020 election – Joe Biden – and looking into a discredited conspiracy theory circling the 2016 election hack.
The telephone call with Zelensky, which the President and his attorneys have repetitively called “perfect,” did happen at the heart of the President’s impeachment for abuse of power.
While it has been shown earlier that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sent an email to the Department of Defense guiding them to withhold military aid to Ukraine about 90 minutes after the President Trump’s July 25th call, the new documents provide the initial solid evidence that the White House was working to withhold aid Ukraine prior to the call.
The new documents have also disclosed a road map of efforts headed by Michael Duffey, OMB’s associate director, to assist the halting of the aid together with the White House Counsel’s office and the U.S. Department of Defense.
This evidence comes just days after the non-partisan General Accounting Office announced that the withholding of Ukrainian military aid by the White House wasn’t lawful.
Tuesday night’s proof consists of roughly 200 pages of heavily redacted documents passed on by the Office of Management and Budget in consent to a Freedom of Information Act request by a watchdog group, American Oversight.
It would be easy, given the substantial evidence that the House managers have narrated on Wednesday in the opening arguments on the Senate floor, to consider these emails as a replica of existing evidence and testimony.
But they are not. They appeared something far more critical as they reflected that the Trump’s stance to bully Zelensky to “do us a favor” was premeditated and timed to give the U.S. President to hammer to force a foreign leader do Trump’s personal bidding for his personal advantage. (Trump vehemently rejects that this was his intent.)
These newly presented documents not only point towards the degree to which the President’s efforts to allegedly force a political benefit from a foreign country were intended. They also demonstrate why the Senate must order documents from the White House, OMB, the Department of State and the Defense Department.
As the Freedom of Information Act carries, the public owes a right to know what really took place.