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Witness Laura Cooper Just Shut Down Another One Of Trump’s Defense With Damaging Testimony


American civil servant Laura Cooper took part in the impeachment hearings on Wednesday and shut down another one of Donald Trump’s defenses as to why he can’t be impeached.

According to Trump, Ukraine never knew that aid was being withheld, so there couldn’t have been bribery. But Cooper tells a different story.

As CNN’s Manu Raju cited in a Twitter thread, Laura Cooper claimed her staff was asked by an official at the Ukraine embassy “what was going on with the security assistance in July and were aware in August of a hold on aid. Her staff couldn’t find documentation detailing that concern raised in August.”

Ukrainians knew “there was some kind of issue” with the aid on July 25, when President Volodymyr Zelensky and Trump spoke, Cooper said. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) noted that Cooper is the first witness to acknowledge awareness of the delay stemmed that far back.

“The Ukraine emails to Cooper’s staff asking about the aid came the same day as Trump’s call with Zelensky – and just hours after the call. The GOP has been arguing Ukraine didn’t know about the hold until several weeks later in a Politico article – and therefore wasn’t pressured,” Ranju explained.

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