On Monday, Republican counsel Stephen Castor appears to have lied under oath during his defense of President Donald Trump after testifying that Ukrainian officials “did not learn [military aid] was withheld until it was reported publicly in the U.S. media on Aug. 28.” However, his claim is false, as noted by ‘Just Security’ editor-in-chief Ryan Goodman.
In fact, deputy assistant secretary of defense Laura Cooper revealed during testimony that officials at the Ukrainian embassy were asking questions about U.S. aid as early as July 25 — the same day Trump pressed Ukraine’s president to investigate Joe Biden and his son.
The New York Times has reported that word of the freeze had gotten to high-level Ukrainian officials by the first week in August, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified that Ukraine raised concerns about the aid with the National Security Council in mid-August.
Rudy Giuliani’s indicted associate Lev Parnas also told representatives of the new Ukrainian government in May that the U.S. would freeze aid unless a Biden investigation was announced.
Castor: Ukraine officials "did not learn it was paused until the pause was reported publicly in the US media on August 28"
Cooper testimony: Ukraine raised aid concerns with State-Defense Depts on July 25 (date of call)
Vindmand: Ukrainians raised with NSC mid-Aug
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) December 9, 2019
It’s unclear if Castor’s lie will be flagged as perjury.