Senator JD Vance, Republican of Ohio, warned his Republican colleagues that the Ukraine aid bill could be used to impeach former President Trump if he is re-elected in November.
Vance sent a memo to Republican lawmakers emphasizing that the Ukraine package guarantees funding will flow through September 2025. Trump, however, has pledged to end the war in Ukraine within 24 hours of taking office , which would also end funding.
“(The package) represents an attempt by the foreign policy blob/deep state to prevent President Trump from pursuing the policies he wants and, if he does anyway, to provide reasons to impeach him and undermine his administration. All Republicans should oppose its passage,” the memo read.
“In 2019, Democrats formulated a new theory of impeachment, based on Trump’s refusal to spend money from the USAI – Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. Five years after impeaching Trump for refusing to spend money on Ukraine, they drafted a new law that, once again, “requires Trump to spend money on Ukraine.” “he negotiates an end to the war, as he promised to do, they will undoubtedly say he broke the law,” Vance wrote in an op-ed for the American Conservative.
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On Sunday, the Senate voted in favor of the aid package, which also includes funds for Israel and other U.S. allies. So far, 18 Republican lawmakers have signed on to the effort.
The plan would provide $60 billion to Ukraine, primarily to buy U.S.-made defense equipment, including munitions and air defense systems, which officials say it desperately needs. Russia hits the country. It also includes $8 billion for the kyiv government and other aid.
Sunday’s 67-27 test vote on the $95.3 billion foreign aid plan came just after Trump decided to cut aid and intensified his attacks on the military alliance of NATO.
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Trump suggested this weekend that he would let Russia run amok in countries that don’t contribute their fair share to NATO’s budget.
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Even if it makes it out of the Senate, the bill faces an uncertain future in the House of Representatives, where Republican lawmakers are more deeply aligned with Trump.
Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.