Mixed reactions of Senate Republicans to the nonpartisan GAO report that found that the White House violated the law by retaining military aid:
Matt Wolking, a deputy director of communications for the Trump 2020 campaign, answered by highlighting how many times the GAO discovered that the Barack Obama administration violated the law: four.
(one two three four)
A complicated factor for Wolking’s argument is that they accused Obama’s agencies of violating the law, not the White House directly, as today’s GAO report does. And incident two violated the law because the president was not involved.
More of Pelosi in political judgment.
She said the trial “is not without risks” and said that the revelations in Lev Parnas’ documents, and what she has been saying in the interviews, would normally guarantee a special prosecutor.
But not in this White House. “Does anyone think that the dishonest general prosecutor will appoint a special prosecutor?” Said Pelosi. “No, because he is involved in all this.”
When asked again about the US attorney general. UU., William Barr, Pelosi said: “I don’t know who the puppet is: Trump or the Attorney General.”
Asked about the credibility of Lev Parnas Pelosi said the documents were important. “He would be a credible witness if what he is testifying is on the subject in question, the president’s behavior.”
This morning, Pelosi’s office said it raised a record $ 87 million for Democratic candidates in 2019.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi He is talking to journalists and said that the political trial is necessary because “every day new and incriminating information is presented.”
She responded to the government independent surveillance report published this morning that she found the White House He broke the law by retaining military aid to Ukraine, a central part of the political trial investigation. “This reinforces, again, the need for documents and witnesses in the Senate,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi then talked about a poster in his elementary school classroom that read: “What a tangle of cloth we knit when we first practice to cheat,” and said that with this White House, you see “more and more” happening.
He also talked about other House issues, specifically the need for disaster assistance in Puerto Rico. The White House has delayed the distribution of aid to the island assigned by Congress after Hurricane Maria in September 2017 and is under greater pressure to make those funds available after a series of earthquakes that hit the island in the last month .
An eight-page report by the independent government control agency GAO said the White House Office of Administration and Budget (OMB) “withheld funds for political reasons” in the Ukraine affair, which violated the law.
The central argument of the GAO is the WWhite House It cannot unilaterally decide to withhold foreign aid that has been approved by Congress. An OMB spokesman said the office disagreed with the vigilante’s findings.
“The president not only undermined our diplomatic relations for his own personal political benefit, but also violated the law.” Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted in response to the findings. “It must be held accountable or will continue to violate the law and put the country at risk.”
Senator Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said in the Senate that the GAO’s findings should receive a “full hearing” at the trial trial.
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Government investigators say the White House broke the law by freezing Ukraine’s help
An independent government oversight body, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), said that White House the budget office violated the law when it froze US military aid to Ukraine.
“The faithful execution of the law does not allow the president to substitute his own political priorities for which Congress has promulgated,” the report said.
The GAO said the White House violated the Impoundment Control Act of 1974, which says that funds allocated by Congress cannot be withheld by the White House.
A spokeswoman for the Office of Administration and Budget of the White House (OMB), Rachel Semmel, He told the New York Times: “We disagree with the opinion of GAO. OMB uses its distribution authority to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent properly in accordance with the President’s priorities and with the law.”
Thursday’s political trial schedule
Yesterday, the House voted to send articles of political judgment to the Senate, launching the third trial of political judgment in the history of the United States.
This is what it looks like today:
- 12 p.m. ET (5 p.m. GMT): Prosecutors from the House of Representatives, known as “managers,” are expected to arrive in the Senate to formally display articles of political judgment.
- 2pm (7pm): The president of the United States Supreme Court, John Roberts, will join the proceedings and take an oath for his role as president in the trial.
- Then: Roberts will swear in 100 senators – 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats and two independents – as jurors.
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The White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, I just talked to Fox & Friends about Lev Parnas and said the Trump administration “wasn’t too worried” about their accusations. He also questioned the reliability of Parnas and his motives.
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Lev Parnas He said that although he did not speak directly with Donald Trump about efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a political rival, he had met with the president several times. Parnas also said Rudy GiulianiTrump’s personal lawyer told Parnas he was updating Trump in an interview with the New York Times.
Parnas faces criminal charges in federal court, so he is not the most reliable witness, but a treasure of his documents handed to the House of Representatives investigators provided new evidence of the close relationship between Parnas and Giuliani before the Senate trial . Trump has denied the misconduct.
“My biggest regret is trusting so much,” Parnas said. “I thought I was being a patriot and was helping the president,” he said, adding that “by listening to the president and his lawyer, he thought I could not get into trouble or do something wrong.”
Parnas’ statements to the Times echo a similar interview he gave Rachel Maddow of MSNBC on Wednesday and Anderson Cooper on CNN.
Giuliani and Trump’s efforts were “all about 2020,” Parnas told CNN.
“That was the most important thing,” Parnas said, “for him to remain there for four years and continue the fight.” I mean, there was no other reason to do it. “
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A key player at the heart of the political trial investigation, Lev Parnas has told reporters Donald Trump He was fully aware of his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate the president’s political rivals, just as the Senate prepares to take an oath for the trial.
Parnas, a businessman and Republican donor, told MSNBC that Trump “knew exactly what was going on.” He told the New York Times: “I bet all my life that Trump knew exactly everything that was happening that Rudy Giuliani was doing in Ukraine.”
Trump has denied the misconduct and it is unclear how much this new material will be absorbed in the trial by Senate political trial.
It is expected that the prosecutors of the House arrive at noon of the Senate to complete a set of procedural rituals that will formally open the third trial of political trial in the Senate in the history of the United States.
Meanwhile, Trump has a quiet schedule for the day in addition to an announcement about prayer in schools in the afternoon.
We will have live updates of the Capitol and the presidential campaign.
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