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Report: Pentagon had concerns about Ukraine aid freeze
02:32 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

The Pentagon official who raised concerns about the Ukraine aid being held in 2019 has submitted her resignation to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Elaine McCusker will resign effective June 26, Esper said in a statement.

“Since joining the Department of Defense Elaine has worked tirelessly to ensure that our budgeting and audit processes give full value to the taxpayer while meeting the enormous security needs of our nation as well as the men and women who serve it,” Esper said. “I am grateful for her dedication to public service and the contributions that she has made to the Department and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”

In March, CNN reported that the White House was withdrawing the nomination of McCusker to be the Pentagon’s comptroller. She had served as the acting official in that role and last year, raised concerns about the legality of Ukraine military aid being held by the Trump administration, an issue that ultimately led to President Donald Trump being impeached.

McCusker’s name – and qualms about the aid – have appeared in correspondence between government officials.

CNN previously reported that on September 5, McCusker mentioned the “increasing risk of execution,” a nod to concerns at the Pentagon that continuing the hold could prevent all the money from being spent.

Finally, on the evening of September 11, Michael Duffey, associate director of national security programs at the Office of Management and Budget, alerted McCusker that he was releasing the mo