White House violated law putting Ukraine aid on hold: Watchdog

A report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said a hold placed on $214 million in aid to Ukraine by President Donald Trump was illegal.
1:20 | 01/17/20

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I mega dose and at the White House for ABC news life. Today and nonpartisan watchdog agency called the Government Accountability Office GAO to conduct investigations for. Members of congress Republicans and Democrats the GAO said that when the White House Toto H Ukraine last summer it was a legal. It said that the justification in the White House's budget office is at the time for putting up a big chunk of that aid was not okay. The White House hold up 391000000. And 214 million dollars of it. Was. Military assistance and it said that it was freezing in the White House said that. Because it wanted to make sure the aid was being used for. In a way that was consistent with president trumps foreign policy prerogatives. And the GAO. This independent watchdog group said today that that's not OK it broke a specific law from 1974. Now the OMB the Office of Management and Budget which is the White House's budget office said it disagreed with the ruling president trump of course has said. That he did nothing illegal but Democrats Democrats pounced on on the ruling and speaker Nancy Pelosi said that it showed. Yet again why more witnesses and documents are needed in the senate impeachment. A trial that started today. For ABC news live at the White House Sunday Middleton.

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