WASHINGTON – The committees overseeing the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump released three testimonies Monday as they continue their investigation into whether Trump withheld security assistance to Ukraine to pressure the country to dig up dirt on Democratic rival Joe Biden, the former Vice President, and his son, Hunter.

Laura Cooper, a Defense Department official who serves as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, testified that she and other Pentagon officials had answered questions about Ukraine assistance in June and were surprised when told that a hold had been placed on the funds after an interagency meeting in July, calling it  “unusual.”

During a discussion about security assistance at a July 23 meeting, Cooper testified “there was just this issue of the White House chief of staff has conveyed that the President has concerns about Ukraine and Ukraine security assistance,” referring to Mick Mulvaney.