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GAO Decided Trump’s Hold on Ukraine Funding Was Illegal and It Wasn’t a Tough Call
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GAO Decided Trump’s Hold on Ukraine Funding Was Illegal and It Wasn’t a Tough Call

Sam Berger breaks down the U.S. Government Accountability Office's opinion on the Trump administration's illegal funding hold on military assistance to Ukraine.

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  • Sam Berger

It is not surprising that the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a nonpartisan federal agency charged with reviewing government spending, has determined that the Trump administration’s hold on military assistance to Ukraine violated the Impoundment Control Act (ICA). I wrote in November for Just Security that the hold was illegal.

But in addition to the larger implications this decision has for the Senate impeachment trial, a close reading of the GAO decision provides some important insights.

The above excerpt was originally published in Just Security. Click here to view the full article.

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Sam Berger

Vice President, Democracy and Government Reform