Pentagon certified Ukraine had taken 'substantial actions' to clean up corruption, green lighting $250M in military aid in May

Written by Foxnews | Source: Foxnews | September 26, 2019 06:23 PM

President Trump has cited corruption in Ukraine as one of the reasons his administration withheld $250 million in military aid beginning in July, ahead of a controversial July 25 phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart.

But Fox News has confirmed that the Pentagon’s undersecretary for policy, John Rood, sent a letter to Capitol Hill lawmakers in May certifying “the government of Ukraine has taken substantial actions to make defense institutional reforms for the purposes of decreasing corruption [and] increasing accountability,” as first reported by NPR.

The $250 million in military aid was released on Sept. 11, a day afterHouse Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., made a formal request to transmit a whistleblower complaint concerning the president's Ukraine call to the committee. To date, $225 million has been allocated, according to defense officials.

Trump has repeatedly said his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was "perfect." Trump has also denied withholding the aid to motivate Ukrainian officials to investigate potential 2020 election rival Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and their business activity in Ukraine.

Zelensky said Wednesday that Trump had not pressured him during their phone call over the summer.


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