Pentagon official who cleared release of Ukraine aid resigns

Top Pentagon policy official John Rood resigned on Wednesday. Rood initially certified Ukraine’s anti-corruption progress to clear the release of U.S. aid last year, and expressed concerns when the $250 million was frozen.

The Trump administration decision to halt the security aid as it pushed for Ukraine to investigate Democrats was the focus of the impeachment charges against President Trump.

Rood said in his resignation letter that he was stepping down at Trump’s request. He is the latest of several administration officials connected to the impeachment process Trump has pushed out since the Senate acquitted him.

Shortly after the Senate vote, the White House removed Lt. Col. Alex Vindman, who testified in the impeachment inquiry, from the National Security Council and reassigned him.

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