Ukraine working on Poroshenko-Trump meeting - FM
'We are going to contact the Trump team about it, when the meeting is going to happen, we will work on whether the meeting will occur before Trump formally becomes President or after, Klimkin said. Ref. Source 5z.
Text messages show U.S. Diplomats believed nation's aid to Ukraine was linked to President Trump's demand for probe into Biden family. Text messages between Kurt Volker, then-Trump's special envoy for Ukraine, and other U.S. Diplomats - released late Thursday by House Democrats leading an impeachment inquiry - paint a picture of American foreign policy decisions being driven by Trump's domestic political concerns and an ad-hoc agenda crafted by Rudy Giuliani, Trump's private attorney. The Democrats released the messages after Volker spent more than nine hours Thursday testifying behind closed-doors as part of the inquiry. Source 8l.
The White House violated federal law in withholding Ukraine security funds last summer, a government watchdog report says.The Government Accountability Office said in a report released Thursday that the White House Office of Management and Budget did not have the authority to withhold the money under the federal Impoundment Control Act. The funds are at the center of the impeachment case against President Trump. Ref. USAToday.