Donald Trump Broke The Law By Withholding Aid To Ukraine

About the Senate to open trial on Donald Trump, the voices that censor the president of the United States continue to emerge. On this occasion, it was the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that concluded that the Administration of the New York tycoon acted illegally when it withheld the financial aid that Congress had allocated to Ukraine.

The case of the Ukrainian plot is at the center of the investigation by which the US president is being tried. During the investigation phase, it was tried to elucidate whether Trump had engaged in illegal conduct in the talks he held last July with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodimir Zelenskiy. Allegedly, the current White House tenant pressured the European leader to investigate the ties of Democrat Joe Biden, a favorite to win the primaries of his party, with the company, and his son Hunter with the gas company Burisma .

Trump played with the help of his country to force Zelenskiy to fulfill his part of the deal, according to the indictment. After hearing the witnesses, the House of Representatives determined that the president had committed a crime of abuse of power and another of obstruction to Congress, due to the multiple obstacles he had put in the course of the process against him.

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Pending what the Senate decides, the GAO has issued its own opinion. In an eight-page document, this independent body – whose work is similar, saving the distances, to that of the Ombudsman – has ruled that, in effect, the Office of Management and Budgets (OMB) violated the called the Embargo Control Act ('Impoundment Control Act'). This legal document, which dates from 1974, prescribes that the Presidency cannot impose its own budgetary decisions on Congress. In other words, it stipulates that any modification of the budget items must have the acquiescence of the legislature.

According to the brief published Thursday by the GAO, Trump withheld the aid, valued at 250 million dollars, that Congress had allocated to Kiev under the Security Assistance Initiative for Ukraine (USAI). Of that amount, some 214 million (more than 85%) initially stayed in the public coffers of the United States. “The faithful execution of the law does not allow the president to substitute his own political priorities for those that Congress has sanctioned in the form of laws,” recalls the text. In its conclusions, the GAO suggests that the Executive should at least have justified his maneuver before Congress.

The GAO report has come to light on the same day that Donald Trump's impeachment process has been definitively transferred to the Senate. The congressmen appointed by the president of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi have delivered the so-called “impeachment articles” to the Upper House, detailing the charges presented. The envoys include Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler, presidents, respectively, of the Intelligence Committee and the Judicial Committee of the Lower House. These two parliamentary groups have been responsible for instructing the investigation to date.

As of now, it is the Senate, of Republican majority, the stage where the most immediate political future of American politics will be decided. After the articles were delivered, John Roberts, the highest authority of the Supreme Court, has been instituted as the president of the Trump trial. Similarly, the one hundred members of the Upper House have been invested as jurors.

However, it is expected that the resumption of the process will not take place immediately. As reported by CNN, the date that handles Mitch McConnell, spokesman for the Republicans in the Senate, is next Tuesday, January 21. It is estimated that this new phase of the impeachment will last for several weeks. The Democrats will also try to testify in the coming days those key witnesses that Trump vetoed and, as a consequence, could not appear before the House of Representatives.

The United States faces the final stretch of a process that began last September. This polarization has been transferred to the public representative bodies; During the early stages of the investigation, Republican congressmen opposed the conclusions of the committees, which came forward only thanks to the Democrats.

Loyalty to political acronyms has been exacerbated over the last few months in the areas of power of the country, which suggests that, finally, the president's attempt to dismiss will not prosper. To complete the impeachment, a two-thirds vote of the senators is necessary. The Democrats only have 45 seats. There are also two independents who are supposed to vote in favor. However, they would still subtract twenty votes to move the motion forward. It is highly unlikely that twenty Republican senators will vote against a president of their party.

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