Senate Urged to Convict Trump After GAO Says White House Broke Law by Freezing Ukraine Aid | Common Dreams News
Sparking fresh calls for the Republican-controlled Senate to remove President Donald Trump from office, a federal watchdog agency announced Thursday that the White House violated the law by withholding congressionally approved U.S. military aid to Ukraine—a decision at the center of the impeachment probe.
“Will the self-proclaimed party of ‘law and order’ continue ignoring the fact that Donald Trump committed a crime?”
—Sean Eldridge, Stand Up America
In its official decision (pdf) on the matter, the Government Accountability Office (GAO)—an independent agency that reports to Congress—explained that “in the summer of 2019, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) withheld from obligation funds appropriated to the Department of Defense (DOD) for security assistance to Ukraine.”
“The president has narrow, limited authority to withhold appropriations under the Impoundment Control Act of 1974,” GAO general counsel Thomas H. Armstrong said in a statement. “OMB told GAO that it withheld the funds to ensure that they were not spent ‘in a manner that could conflict with the president’s foreign policy.'”