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Government Accountability Office Finds White House Violates Law by Withholding Aid to Ukraine

Hadley Baker
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 10:34 AM

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a decision on Thursday concluding that the Trump administration violated the Impoundment Control Act (ICA), a law that regulates how the White House may distribute money appropriated by Congress. The decision found that the White House Office of Management and Budget withheld security aid to Ukraine in summer 2019 “for a policy reason,” not permitted under the law. The GAO decision comes as the Senate prepares for the impeachment trial of President Trump on charges of abusing his power in order to pressure Ukraine. The decision is available here and below.

Hadley Baker was an Assistant Editor of Lawfare. She is a recent graduate from the University of St Andrews, studying English literature and Spanish. She was previously an intern at Lawfare.

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