The Washington Post reports:
President Trump’s attempt to pressure the leader of Ukraine followed a months-long fight inside the administration that sidelined national security officials and empowered political loyalists — including the president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani — to exploit the U.S. relationship with Kiev, current and former U.S. officials said.
The sequence, which began early this year, involved the abrupt removal of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, the circumvention of senior officials on the National Security Council, and the suspension of hundreds of millions of dollars of aid administered by the Defense and State departments — all as key officials from these agencies struggled to piece together Giuliani’s activities from news reports.
Several officials described tense meetings on Ukraine among national security officials at the White House leading up to the president’s phone call on July 25, sessions that led some participants to fear that Trump and those close to him appeared prepared to use U.S. leverage with the new leader of Ukraine for Trump’s political gain.
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Let’s hear him say all this under oath. https://t.co/v84iYqDDD5
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) September 25, 2019
BREAKING from WaPo team: Giuliani pursued shadow Ukraine agenda as key foreign policy officials were sidelinedhttps://t.co/HDvqAXYFji
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) September 25, 2019
Ukrainian-sized bus rolls over Rudy Giuliani as State Department denies they sent him on ‘mission’ https://t.co/339E6Qe7js
— Daily Kos (@dailykos) September 24, 2019