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Trump’s Hold on Ukrainian Military Aid was Illegal
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Trump’s Hold on Ukrainian Military Aid was Illegal

In light of recent developments in the impeachment inquiry, author Sam Berger discusses how President Trump's hold on military aid to Ukraine may have been illegal.

As the House impeachment inquiry continues to uncover substantial evidence of Trump’s abuses of power, one thing has become clear: President Donald Trump illegally withheld military aid to Ukraine.

No one from the Trump administration has been able to point to any legal authority that allowed Trump to withhold the funding for the length of time and in the manner that he did. Even Trump’s defenders in the House, who have speciously claimed that the president had reasons for holding the aid other than pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, have not provided justifications that are legal. Instead, they’ve offered justifications that are more politically palatable. Moreover, Trump’s own White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was told that his actions were illegal, and appears to have tacitly acknowledged that fact, but continued to hold up the funding anyway.

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

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Sam Berger

Former Vice President, Democracy and Government Reform