The White House violated the law when it withheld aid to Ukraine, a nonpartisan government agency concluded on Thursday. The Government Accountability Office said the Office of Management and Budget's withholding of Ukraine aid that Congress had appropriated was not lawful. "Faithful execution of the law does not permit the president to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law," the Government Accountability Office said. "Therefore, we conclude that OMB violated the [Impoundment Control Act (ICA)]." The withholding of aid to Ukraine in July 2019 was at the center of President Trump's impeachment, which alleged Trump froze the aid to pressure Ukraine into announcing an investigation that might benefit him in the 2020 presidential election. An OMB spokesperson said "we disagree with GAO's opinion."
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