GAO rules Trump broke the law

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    Gov’t Watchdog Office: OMB Broke Law With Trump-Ordered Ukraine Aid Freeze
    Gov't Watchdog Office: OMB Broke Law With Trump-Ordered Ukraine Aid Freeze

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office, a government watchdog agency that advises Congress, concluded Thursday that the hold President Trump ordered his Office of Management and Budget to place on Ukraine military assistance violated the law.

    “Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law,” a GAO opinion said. “OMB withheld funds for a policy reason, which is not permitted under the Impoundment Control Act (ICA). The withholding was not a programmatic delay. Therefore, we conclude that OMB violated the ICA.”

    The opinion outlined the reasons holds can be legally placed on congressionally authorized funding, and said the rational given for freezing the Ukraine aid did not fit within those reasons.

    “The burden to justify a withholding of budget authority rests with the executive branch. Here, OMB has failed to meet this burden. We conclude that OMB violated the ICA when it withheld USAI funds for a policy reason,” the GAO said.
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    So much for the Trumper assertion Trump broke no laws.
     
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    So being president is now illegal?....its up to the commander and chief to determine if our tax dollars we send to other nations will be used in a non corrupt fashion....OMB?...don't make us laugh...no one votes for the OMB....
     
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    "Thursday’s GAO opinion focused on the legal implications of the hold OMB placed on the $214 million in Ukraine military assistance running through the Department of Defense. It said the OMB and State Department had failed to provide the information necessary for it to make a similar determination about the aid that was appropriated through the State Department, which was also frozen by the administration. Despite the stonewalling, the GAO said it would “continue to pursue this matter and will provide our decision to the Congress after we have received the necessary information.”


    “All federal officials and employees take an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution and its core tenets, including the congressional power of the purse. We trust that State and OMB will provide the information needed,” the opinion said."
     
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    This is weak. And who is governing and watching over the GAO?
     
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    Why do libs want to give our hard earned tax dollars to corrupt people?....does it make them feel WOKE?....
     
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    Let the Trumper rationalizations begin!
     
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    Where does the constitution say that?
     
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    Here before the "what about Hillary....what about Obama" deflections.... images (1).jpg
     
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    It says to defend and protect the constitution of the United States not of the Ukraine....defending the constitution involves defending American prosperity and her standing in the world....sending our hard earned tax dollars to a corrupted hell hole is not defending our nation...he would be advocating his duties to do so...like Obama did...Obama didn't care what the Ukraine did with our money....I do Trump does and so should you....
     
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    The GAO found that the administration broke the Impoundment Control Act — a 1974 law that provides a mechanism for the executive branch to request that Congress reconsider a funding decision that’s been signed into law.

    “This bombshell legal opinion from the independent Government Accountability Office demonstrates, without a doubt, that the Trump administration illegally withheld security assistance from Ukraine” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who requested GAO write the report in December.


    The GAO report was widely expected to stay away from the specific House impeachment charges. House lawmakers impeached Trump on two counts, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Lawmakers alleged that the president abused the power of his office in withholding the money as leverage to pressure Zelensky into publicly announcing investigations that would undermine a political rival, and then obstructed the investigation into those actions.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/busi...0ea7aa-37a3-11ea-9c01-d674772db96b_story.html
     
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