White House broke law by freezing Ukraine aid – watchdog

The White House broke the law by withholding aid approved for Ukraine by US Congress, an independent watchdog has found.

The report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a non-partisan federal agency, came as the impeachment trial of the US president formally opened in the Senate.

The freezing of the aid is at the centre of the case against Mr Trump.

The agency said that delaying Congress-approved aid for Ukraine for “policy reasons”, rather than technical budgetary needs, violates 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,” it said.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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