Emails show thinking in holding Ukraine aid

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is blocking two dozen documents containing emails on President Donald Trump’s involvement in the decision to withhold military aid to Ukraine, the government said in court filings.

Justice Department and Office of Management and Budget attorneys acknowledged in the late Friday night filings the existence of emails explaining the president’s thinking about withholding about $400 million in Ukraine aid. Hours earlier, the Senate voted largely along party lines to not call witnesses in the impeachment trial. A final vote on whether or not to acquit Trump is expected Wednesday. 

“Specifically, the documents … are emails that reflect communications by either the President, the Vice President, or the President’s immediate advisors regarding Presidential decision-making about the scope, duration, and purpose of the hold on military assistance to Ukraine,” Heather Walsh, deputy general counsel for the Office of Management and Budget, wrote.

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