Atlanta Journal Constitution: GAO: White House violated law by holding back aid for Ukraine
Washington, January 16, 2020
GAO: White House violated law by holding back aid for Ukraine
By Jamie Dupree - 01/16/2020
Just before the official start of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday that the White House had broken federal law by withholding over $200 million in military aid for Ukraine, as Democrats said the new findings should be aired before the Senate in coming days.
"Faithful executive of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law," wrote Thomas Armstrong, the General Counsel of the GAO.
Democrats immediately latched on to the government watchdog opinion to reinforce their impeachment arguments.
"The hold Trump ordered was illegal," said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA).
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