On or shortly before July 18, Donald Trump instructs Mick Mulvaney to have the Pentagon put a hold on nearly $400 million in military and security aid to Ukraine.
The Pentagon is instructed to tell Congress, which approved the aid, that there is a delay due to “interagency process” and not to say more.
A week later, Trump calls Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky and asks for investigations before continuing the countries’ defense relationship.
In January 2020, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office determines that the White House’s Office of Management and Budget violated federal law by withholding the aid.
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