Government Accountability Office Finds That Trump White House Illegally Held Up Ukraine Aid squib

SAUL LOEB

President Donald Trump’s White House violated federal law by withholding military aid to Ukraine, a top government watchdog found on Thursday, dealing a blow to the administration's case against impeachment as the Senate prepares to put Trump on trial.

The Government Accountability Office dismantled the White House Office of Management and Budget’s rationale for withholding the $214 million in congressionally appropriated security assistance, which Trump held up as he and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, pressed the Ukrainian government to reopen investigations into Trump’s political rivals.

Trump has consistently denied that withholding the aid was at all related to his and Giuliani’s efforts to dig up dirt on the youngest son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. That question is at the center of impeachment allegations referred to the Senate for trial this week.

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