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BREAKING: Trump knew about the whistle-blower complaint when he released the aid to Ukraine in September. Of course he did!

White House lawyers told Trump about the complaint in late August.
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White House counsel office lawyers briefed Trump in *late August* about the whistleblower complaint, explaining that they were trying to determine if they were legally required to give the complaint to Congress.
Trump learns of the whistleblower complaint in Aug but only releases the aid after Congress hears about it on ~Sep 9.

Sep 9: Plans are in motion for Zelensky to give the Trump-ordered interview.

Sep 11: Trump releases the aid; Zelensky cancels interview.
• Aug: Trump learns of WB complaint accusing him extortion
• Sep 5: WaPo OpEd accuses Trump of holding Ukraine aid hostage for his political gain
• Sep 9: House launches probe of Trump-Giuliani Ukraine extortion scheme
• Sep 12: Trump releases the aid
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