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Nov 22, 2019

Continuing the series of episodes following the House impeachment inquiry and focusing on the opening statements of testimony, Laura Cooper, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, testified in the afternoon of Nov. 20, 2019.
Cooper was asked to testify because, as part of her duties, she interacted with Ukrainian officials who were asking about when the hold on military assistance would be lifted. According to her Department of defense biography, she previously served as a Principal Director in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security Affairs, with responsibility for policies on: mission assurance, defense continuity of operations, critical infrastructure protection, homeland counterterrorism, global antiterrorism policy, and the Council of Governors.