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SCOOP: A confidential White House review turns up Mulvaney emails which reveal extensive efforts to generate an after-the-fact justification for Trump’s hold on Ukraine military aid and a debate over its legality.
by @CarolLeonnig @jdawsey1 @thamburger wapo.st/2KPal00
@CarolLeonnig @jdawsey1 @thamburger White House lawyers worry that the review has turned up unflattering exchanges and facts that could embarrass Trump.

It’s unclear if the Mulvaney's discussions pose any legal problems for Trump, but could pose political ones if revealed publicly.
@CarolLeonnig @jdawsey1 @thamburger The review also turned up emails between OMB and State discussing why the White House held up the aid and if it was legal.

In Dec 2018, GAO had warned OMB it wasn't following the law on how it was disbursing and withholding congressionally-approved funds.
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