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.
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