Explosive new documents reveal the lengths to which the Justice Department went to conceal the Pentagon's concerns about Trump's Ukraine aid freeze

The Justice Department redacted explosive emails that show how concerned the Pentagon was about Trump's decision to freeze Ukraine's military aid.

Explosive new documents reveal the lengths to which the Justice Department went to conceal the Pentagon's concerns about Trump's Ukraine aid freeze

Explosive new documents reveal the lengths to which the Justice Department went to conceal the Pentagon's concerns about Trump's Ukraine aid freezeThe Justice Department redacted explosive emails that show how concerned the Pentagon was about Trump's decision to freeze Ukraine's military aid.

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  • Newly revealed emails show that the Office of Management and Budget repeatedly ignored warnings from the Pentagon that President Donald Trump's decision to freeze a nearly $400 million military-aid package to Ukraine was illegal.

  • The emails were released to the Center for Public Integrity following a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, but the Justice Department redacted significant portions.

  • On Thursday, the national-security blog Just Security published unredacted versions of the emails that revealed the lengths to which the Justice Department went to conceal the Defense Department's concerns about the Ukraine aid freeze.

  • Here's a timeline of what happened in the days leading up to Trump's decision to lift the hold after the public learned of his actions.

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For weeks, officials at the Office of Management and Budget ignored warnings from the Department of Defense that placing a hold on a congressionally appropriated $391 million military-aid package to Ukraine violated the law, according to new unredacted emails obtained by Just Security and published Thursday.

The emails between Defense Department and OMB officials were secured through a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act launched by the Center for Public Integrity. In December, a court ordered the federal government to turn over 300 pages of emails, many of which were heavily redacted.

The unredacted emails published by Just Security revealed that between June and September — when the aid was ultimately released following an anonymous whistleblower's complaint — the Defense Department repeatedly asked the OMB why the military aid was being held up.

Crucially, the department warned several times that continuing to withhold the aid violated the Impoundment Control Act, which stipulates that if the federal funds are not spent on their designated purpose within a certain period, they will be taken, or impounded, by the Treasury Department.