Croft testified before lawmakers in a closed-door interview on October 30.
A senior United States national security official told an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump that the military aid withheld from Ukraine was necessary for the country to appear strong while negotiating a peace deal with Russian Federation.
'The body of evidence to date does not support the Democrat allegation that President Trump pressured Ukraine to conduct investigations into the president's political rivals for his political benefit in the 2020 election, ' said the memo, which was reviewed by Reuters.
House Democrats on Monday released a transcript of the testimony of a top Defense Department official who stressed the importance of USA military aid to Ukraine and detailed the country's anti-corruption efforts.
President Donald Trump on Sunday criticized Republicans who he says are not sufficiently supportive of him in the impeachment process, insisting he has done nothing wrong. Republicans, don't be led into the fools trap of saying it was not ideal, but is not impeachable.
The Pentagon gave its final approval in May for the military aid under its jurisdiction to be sent to Ukraine, Cooper testified.
Critics denounced their actions, saying by taking phones into the secure room, they had compromised U.S. security.
A senior Pentagon official told impeachment investigators that she was told a "nontraditional" effort to make Ukraine commit to prosecuting anyone involved in USA election interference could free almost $400 million in frozen military aid - noting that the Ukrainians would have entertained the idea only in exchange for "something valuable".
Mr Taylor told lawmakers in closed-door testimony he was unhappy the administration had held up the congressionally approved aid to help combat Russia-backed separatists in the eastern part of Ukraine.
"We didn't want to signal any lack of support" for Ukraine, Cooper said, explaining that Pentagon officials anxious pulling back on military assistance would send the wrong message to Russia, as Ukraine worked to negotiate a peace agreement to end a years-long civil war against Russian-backed separatists in its eastern territories. More than a dozen longtime State Department diplomats and National Security Council aides have painted a largely consistent picture of a president adamant on strong-arming a US ally to do his political bidding.
Tuesday - The White House may release the transcript of an April call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Democrats, who control the House, have argued that Trump abused his power in pressing a vulnerable U.S. ally to carry out investigations that would benefit Trump politically.
Trump has denied there was a quid pro quo - or exchanging a favour for a favour - in his dealings with Ukraine. Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company called Burisma. He defended his call with Zelenskiy as "perfect" and branded the probe a politically motivated hoax.
The President wrote on Twitter today that the inquiry should be ended and the unnamed whistleblower, the whistleblower's lawyer and "Corrupt politician" Mr Schiff should be investigated for fraud. If that occurs, the Republican-controlled Senate would hold a trial on the charges.
Republicans have so far shown little support for removing Mr Trump from office, which would require two-thirds of senators present to vote to convict him.
Seizing on that strand and betting that Americans won't read too deeply into the mounting evidence against Trump, Republicans argued over the weekend that without the whistleblower, the case against the President falls apart.
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