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“I’m not going to get into any of that,” the defense secretary said Sunday. “Again, there is a congressional inquiry underway and I’ll leave that process unto itself.”

Defense Secretary Mark Esper declined to say Sunday whether he was aware of any political considerations regarding the monthslong hold on almost $400 million in U.S. security aid to Ukraine.

“I’m not going to get into any of that,” Esper told “Fox News Sunday.” “Again, there is a congressional inquiry underway and I’ll leave that process unto itself.”

Esper said there were “technical and legal issues” preventing the Pentagon from providing Congress with the requested documents pertaining to the hold on military aid.

The Trump administration placed a hold on the aid as the president and allies were pushing for Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and Democrats. The administration released the aid two days after Congress became aware of a formal whistleblower complaint regarding Trump’s actions toward Ukraine.

Those actions are now at the center of the House impeachment inquiry. On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for her committee chairmen to begin drafting articles of impeachment against Trump. Read more

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“I’m not going to get into any of that,” the defense secretary said Sunday. “Again, there is a congressional inquiry underway and I’ll leave that process unto itself.”

“I’m not going to get into any of that,” the defense secretary said Sunday. “Again, there is a congressional inquiry underway and I’ll leave that process unto itself.”

“I’m not going to get into any of that,” the defense secretary said Sunday. “Again, there is a congressional inquiry underway and I’ll leave that process unto itself.”

“I’m not going to get into any of that,” the defense secretary said Sunday. “Again, there is a congressional inquiry underway and I’ll leave that process unto itself.”