Laura Cooper Told Impeachment Inquiry About Concerns Over Ukraine Aid

A Pentagon official recounted to impeachment investigators the concerns and confusion within the Defense Department over President Trump’s decision to hold up aid to Ukraine this summer, according to a transcript of her testimony last month that was released Monday.

Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, told House investigators that the hold on the money over the summer was “unusual.” In her testimony, she said that officials questioned whether the Office of Management and Budget had the legal authority to hold the money, which has been appropriated by Congress.

She said the holdup risked forfeiting tens of millions of dollars by not leaving enough time to release it in the fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30.

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