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‘Your testimony today destroys two of the pillars of the president’s defense.’ — Rep. Swalwell explained how Laura Cooper’s testimony pokes further holes into Trump’s sinking ship

Ukraine official undercuts WH/GOP defense that Ukraine had no knowledge of aid freeze until it was publicly reported - also lines up with what Pentagon official Laura Cooper said in testimony: That Ukrainians were asking about security assistance in July

@RepDougCollins  is repeating a talking point since belied by Laura Cooper’s sworn testimony indicating Ukraine became aware of aid delay in early July, not “one month after” the Trump-Zelensky phone call.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is withholding the 2 emails which Laura Cooper said described Ukraine asking about military assistance as of July 25, per this House Dem report

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July 25: Trump-Zelensky call around 9am. Same day: 2:31p, Pentagon official Laura Cooper testified, the “Ukrainian embassy and House foreign affairs committee are asking about security assistance.” Another email came at 4:25p. Then, OMB official Sandy places hold at 6:44p

Day 4, Wednesday, November 20: Laura Cooper testified that her staff received multiple inquiries showing Ukraine felt pressured by Trump, while Gordon Sondland implicated Trump, Mike Pompeo, and John Bolton in the Ukraine pressure campaign.

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‘Your testimony today destroys two of the pillars of the president’s defense.’ — Rep. Swalwell explained how Laura Cooper’s testimony pokes further holes into Trump’s sinking ship

Interesting dichotomy: Women like Fiona Hill, Laura Cooper and Marie Yovanovitch stand strong and speak truth to power ... While men like Pompeo, Bolton, Pence, and Mulvaney cower in a corner, afraid of everyone and everything. #ImpeachmentHearings  #FBRParty  #BlueWave2020 

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During Wednesday's evening hearing, Laura Cooper revealed her staff had records of multiple communications with Ukrainian officials showing that they were, despite Republican denials, aware that they weren't getting aid that they were expecting. (5/8)

Why you should pay attention to what Laura Cooper said yesterday

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Laura Cooper just testified Ukraine may have learned as early as July 25 — the same date as Trump’s call with Zelensky — that there might be a problem with the military aid Ukraine was counting on. That’s new.

Impeachment inquiry hearings next week: Tuesday morning: Jennifer Williams and Alexander Vindman Tuesday afternoon: Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison Wednesday morning: Gordon Sondland Wednesday afternoon: Laura Cooper and David Hale Thursday: Fiona Hill More details to come.

Key point from DOD official, Laura Cooper: DOD did review of corruption in Ukraine and certified that there was no reason to withhold military assistance. Then Trump intervened. Undermines argument that aid was held up to combat corruption in Ukraine.

Laura Cooper's testimony reveals how Trump froze Congressionally-approved aid to Ukraine. Cooper raised concerns about this hold, as did others. She also told us how Volker implied the hold might be resolved if the Ukrainians issued a statement. Read:

Few people thought Laura Cooper would be a bombshell witnesses, but her timeline -- that she says staffers alerted her to after her deposition transcript came out -- means Ukrainians knew about aid situation on day of Trump-Zelensky call. Undercuts big GOP defense they didn't.

Laura Cooper just told @HouseIntel  the Ukrainians first asked about @realDonaldTrump ’s hold on their security assistance on July 25 (same day as shakedown call). This testimony destroys the President’s central defense, that the Ukrainians did not know about the hold.

NEW: Defense Department directed Laura COOPER not to appear for her deposition today. Dems issues a subpoena and she is testifying anyway, per an official working on the impeachment inquiry. Same story as several State Dept. witnesses.

The conservatives walked into hearing room with their electronics, Connolly said, which is prohibited in the room. Mike Conaway of Texas collected the electronics. Laura Cooper testimony has been delayed because of the disruption; Schiff is consulting with the sergeant of arms.

NEW: Laura Cooper, Pentagon official in charge of Ukraine policy, testifies before impeachment panel today. She pushed to lift hold on military $$$. She knew concerns about Ukr. "corruption" were not legit. Her testimony could prove damaging to Trump.

Today, Laura Cooper did her lawful duty and answered questions from both parties. She did so notwithstanding efforts by the President to stop her, and when those failed, efforts by his GOP allies in Congress to do the same. We will not be deterred from revealing the truth.

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