It's been nearly two months since the impeachment inquiry officially began. It's been about one month since the House Democrats voted to impeach the President on two BS articles of impeachment, and only now have the Democrats handed over the articles to the Senate.
Now, the watchdog group Government Accountability Office is trying to claim that the President did break the law by withholding funds from Ukraine.
According to the Government Accountability Office, “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.”
“Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law. OMB withheld funds for a policy reason, which is not permitted under the Impoundment Control Act (ICA). The withholding was not a programmatic delay. Therefore, we conclude that OMB violated the ICA.”
The Office of Budget Management responded to these allegations, “We disagree with GAO’s opinion. OMB uses its apportionment authority to ensure taxpayer dollars are properly spent consistent with the President’s priorities and with the law.”
According to Breitbart,
The report comes one day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent to articles of impeachment against the president — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — to the Senate amid pressure from Republicans and several Democrats in the upper chamber. In addition to transferring the articles, the speaker also named the seven House Democrats who will serve as impeachment managers in the Senate’s impeachment trial, selecting: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Val Demings (D-FL), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Jason Crow (D-CO), and Sylvia Garcia (D-TX). Schiff will take on the role of lead impeachment manager.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Tuesday that “in all likelihood,” the trial will begin next Tuesday.
“We’ll be able to go through some preliminary steps here this week, which could well include the Chief Justice coming over and swearing-in members of the Senate and some other kind of housekeeping measures…which would set us up to begin the actual trial next Tuesday,” McConnell said at a press conference.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, criticized the findings by a government watchdog report that found that the Trump administration had violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine.
Cornyn said the findings in the Government Accountability Office report are not crimes and do not meet the standards to go forth with impeaching and trying to remove President Trump from office."[It's] certainly not a crime and something that no one had ever dreamed in the past would have risen to the level of impeachment," Cornyn said on CBS' "Face the Nation."
"This is the first time in history where a president has been impeached for a non-crime, for events that never occurred, ultimately the investigation never took place and ultimately the aid was delivered," Cornyn added. "This is really unique and I think every senator is going to take this very seriously."
This is no doubt the swamp trying to pressure Republicans in the Senate into doing what the Democrats want. This is just another version of what the Democrats tried to do to Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Obama was also accused of the same thing, don’t remember Democrats talking about that or wanting an impeachment inquiry.
Just a reminder that GAO findings are not legally binding and no, they are not impeachable. In fact, the law provides latitude to fix issues and none of them are impeachment. Obama also "broke the law" according to the GAO. I missed his impeachment trial. https://t.co/mD8uQBzewk
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) January 16, 2020