Just hours before the Senate was set to be sworn in for President Trump’s impeachment trial, a government watchdog agency dropped what appeared to be a bombshell.
The Government Accountability Office, or GAO, released a report that called into question the legality of President Trump’s hold on Ukrainian military aid – a major piece of the UkraineGate puzzle.
The White House budget office violated the law when it froze U.S. military aid to Ukraine, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a new report.
President Donald Trump ordered the hold on the critical security assistance in July, a slew of senior White House officials testified to House impeachment investigators late last year. Itwas a move that coincided with an effort by the president and his allies to pressure Ukraine to investigate Trump’s Democratic rivals.
“Faithful execution of the law does not permit the president to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law,” the GAO wrote in an eight-page report released on Thursday.
Of course, the timing of these accusations is a bit suspect, given that there is still a mighty struggle in the Senate as to whether or not any witnesses will appear before lawmakers. This report, along with the sudden emergence of Lev Parnas in the media, suggests that the Democrats and the Deep State are coordinating to make arguing against further transparency a difficult task to undertake.
President Trump has reiterated that the aforementioned military aid for Ukraine is conditioned upon the tiny European nation satisfying the US government’s expectations on their work to combat corruption. That means that, if the aid was held up in observance of further corruption investigations, that hold would be perfectly sensible.
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