PV International Desk : Sen Chuck Schumer said Monday that newly released emails showing that military aid to Ukraine was suspended 90 minutes after President Donald Trump demanded “a favour” from Ukraine’s president were “explosive.” They strengthened, he said, Democratic demands for far more internal administration documents before Trump’s impeachment trial.

The emails, made public over the weekend, included one from a White House budget office aide, Michael Duffey, telling Pentagon officials to keep quiet “given the sensitive nature of the request.”

The timing of the email — just an hour and a half after Trump raised investigations of his Democratic rivals with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine — added an element to Democrats’ contentions that they say become clearer with every new release of evidence: Trump abused the power of his office to solicit Ukraine to help him win reelection in 2020.

“What happened over the weekend has only bolstered the case that documents should be produced and witnesses testify,” Schumer of New York, the Senate Democratic leader, said at a news conference, referring to the emails released to the Center for Public Integrity.