November 15, 2019

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Budget official expected to defy White House, testify in impeachment inquiry (Leigh Ann Caldwell and Josh Lederman, 11/14/19, NBC News)

Sandy, an associate director for National Security Programs, has been asked to appear Saturday for a deposition by the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform Committees. A spokesman for the House Intelligence Committee declined to comment Thursday night.

Sandy is considered a critical witness who can provide insight into the withheld security aid to Ukraine, which is at the basis of the impeachment inquiry opened by House Democrats.

He is "a true public servant who has served with great distinction in both Republican and and Democratic administrations," said Nicholas Rasmussen, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center under the Barack Obama and Trump administrations.

Democrats are interested in hearing from Sandy and other OMB career officials about the agency's role in withholding nearly $400 million in security aid to Ukraine and the eventual release of that aid Sept. 11 after the hold on the aid became public, causing a Congressional uproar and prompting the committees to open an investigation.

Multiple people have testified that they learned of the hold on the aid from the OMB.

Defense Department official Laura Cooper testified that President Donald Trump's acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney "conveyed" the message that the aid was withhold at Trump's direction in a mid-July meeting.

Bill Taylor,acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, said he learned the aid was being withheld in a conference call with OMB, in which an official said it was directed by the president.

Professionalism is fatal to Trumpism.

Posted by at November 15, 2019 12:00 AM

  

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