For John, BLUF: Yes, Virginia, there is a DeepState, and it is trying to thwart the American People by thwarting their elected President. Nothing to see here; just move along.
'Assistance was essential' — Pentagon leaders advised Trump against freezing aid to Ukraine, senior official testifies
From Task and Purpose, by New York Daily News Reporter Chris Sommerfeldt, 12 November 2019.
Here is the lede plus two:
A senior Pentagon official told impeachment investigators that President Donald Trump's freeze on nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine posed a strategic nightmare for the Defense Department and put the American-allied country in a deeply dangerous position, according to impeachment inquiry testimony released Monday.And what does President Barack Obama say about giving lethal aid to Ukraine?♠
Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant defense secretary overseeing U.S. policy on Ukraine, corroborated key parts of previous impeachment testimony during her Oct. 26 deposition and provided a new window into the Pentagon's role in trying to block Trump's attempt to press Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden's family and other Democrats before the 2020 election.
Cooper said national security officials across the government were confident Trump was wrong in holding up the $391 million in military assistance while pushing for the Ukrainian investigations
In the mean time it is turning out that Democratic House Members believe that running for President (or at least for the Democratic Party nomination) exempts one from any investigation of corrupt conduct.
Sad. Very sad.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Hint: He opposed it and thwarted it until the day he turned the Presidency over to Donald J Trump.