Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer continued to push for top administration officials to appear before the Senate in the upcoming impeachment trial, citing a newly revealed, “explosive” email from a White House aide as evidence for why witnesses should be called.
“Yesterday, we got new evidence about how important having these witnesses [is],” Schumer, a Democrat, said at a press conference Sunday in New York.
Anew emailobtained by theCenter for Public Integrityand released Saturday shows Michael Duffey, associate director for National Security Programs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), informed the Pentagon of the freeze on $ million in security assistance to Ukraine just 91 minutes after President Trump’s call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 78.
During the call, Mr. Trump urged Zelensky to open an investigation into his Democratic political rivals. The phone call prompted House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into the president, as they examined whether Mr. Trump conditioned the security assistance and a White House meeting on a public announcement from Zelensky of investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.