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SOURCE: http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/469966-pentagon-official-cited-alarm-over-hold-on-aid-to-ukraine
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A top career Defense Department official described to House impeachment investigators her dismay over the summer’s delay of U.S. military aid to Ukraine, painting a portrait of a Pentagon doing battle with the White House over the release of funding deemed “vital” to national security.Defense Deputy Assistant Secretary Laura Cooper, who testified late last month, said that she took part in her agency’s review of Ukraine’s progress in combating corruption, in which officials concluded that "sufficient progress has been made."Despite this assessment, top officials in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), guided by President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE, felt otherwise.Cooper testified that it was felt unanimously except for OMB that Ukraine was making progress in combatting corruption.

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