READ: Top Pentagon Official Testifies About Learning Of Hold On Aid

Laura Cooper, deputy assistant secretary of defense, arrives at the Capitol as part of the House's impeachment inquiry on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
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November 20, 2019 6:21 p.m.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper discussed in her opening statement Wednesday evening of how she found out that President Donald Trump froze the military aid to Ukraine.

“Let me say at the outset that I have never discussed this or any other matter with the President and never heard directly from him about this matter,” she said in her opening statement.

Cooper is the first Pentagon official to testify in the investigation.

Read Cooper’s opening remarks below:

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