The un­or­tho­dox steps were carried out in connection with Michael Duffey, associate director of national security programs at OMB. Duffey was involved in approving orders to hold back nearly $400 million in congressionally-approved military aid for Ukraine, according to people familiar with what transpired. 

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the process. Even though some career staffers raised concerns about the way the money was being withheld, some other career staffers said the move did not violate any protocols. 

White House and OMB officials had a…

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