Suppose Donald Trump didn’t instruct the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to withhold aid to Ukraine on the condition that they “make up dirt on my political opponent — lots of it,” to quote from Adam Schiff’s “free interpretation” of the July 25 transcript. Suppose the real reason for the president’s request had nothing to do with the investigation of Burisma or Hunter Biden.
According to the deposition taken of Mark Sandy, an official at OMB, those suppositions are correct. Following the release yesterday of the transcript from Sandy’s deposition, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) noted that the only reason ever given to the OMB as why there was to be a hold placed on aid to Ukraine was the president’s concern that other countries were not bearing their burden of aid to the nation — a theme that Trump has sounded repeatedly. If that interpretation is accurate, the request can no longer be construed as having anything to do with either of the Bidens. Allegations of bribery are out the window. Here is Zeldin’s tweet:
The transcript for OMB’s Mark Sandy was just released. The ONLY reason he was ever given why there was a hold on $
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