The nonbinding US Government Accountability Office (GOA), ruled that the Trump administration violated the law by withholding military aid to Ukraine – but it also found the Obama administration in violation of the law seven times; plus, more of today’s top headlines in conservative politics.
GOA found Obama administration in violation of the law 7 times
While the liberal media is plastering headlines touting a watchdog group ruling that the Trump administration violated the law by withholding aid from Ukraine as proof that Trump should be impeached.
But the media has a short memory when it comes Democrats – the same watchdogs found the Obama administration in violation at least seven times.
The non-partisan and nonbinding government watchdog group, the US Government Accountability Office (GOA), issued its decision yesterday that the Trump administration was in violation of law by withholding military aid from Ukraine.
However, during the Obama administration, the GOA found at least seven violations of law.
- In 2009, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and United States Secret Service (USSS) were found to have violated section 503 of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, and the Antideficiency Act.
- In 2014, The Department of the Treasury was found to have violated the Antideficiency Act.
- In 2014, The Department of Defense was found to have violated the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 and the Antideficiency Act.
- In 2014, The Department of Housing and Urban Development was found to have violated the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, and the Antideficiency Act.
- In 2015, The Environmental Protection Agency was found to have violated “publicity or propaganda and anti-lobbying provisions” in the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act and the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act
- In 2016, Two officials in the Department of Housing and Urban Development violated Section 713 of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act.
- In 2016, The Federal Maritime Commission was found to have violated Section 711 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, as well as the Antideficiency Act.
All these violations, and yet, Obama was never impeached.
Trump administration violated the law by withholding Ukraine aid, GOA says
The US Government Accountability Office (GOA), issued its decision yesterday, ruling that the Trump administration violated the law by withholding military aid to Ukraine.
“In the summer of 2019, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) withheld from obligation funds appropriated to the Department of Defense (DOD) for security assistance to Ukraine,” the GOA’s ruling said.
“Faithful execution of the law does not permit the president to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law. OMB withheld funds for a policy reason, which is not permitted under the Impoundment Control Act (ICA). The withholding was not a programmatic delay. Therefore, we conclude that OMB violated the ICA.”
“An appropriations act is a law like any other; therefore, unless Congress has enacted a law providing otherwise, the president must take care to ensure that appropriations are prudently obligated during their period of availability,” the decision added.
“The Constitution grants the president no unilateral authority to withhold funds from obligation.”
Unemployment under Trump nearly half as low as last six presidents
Here’s a snapshot that the campaign of President Donald Trump should be showing to the entire nation.
After 35 months of his term, Trump has achieved an unemployment rate that’s nearly half as low as the best of the last six presidents, and two thirds lower than under Obama.
Here’s how unemployment under President Trump stacks against the last six presidents:
- Reagan: Unemployment 9%.
- George H. W. Bush: Unemployment 5.9%
- Bill Clinton: Unemployment 6.2%
- George W. Bush: Unemployment 5.5%
- Barack Obama: Unemployment 9.3%
- Donald Trump: Unemployment 3.9%
Senate passes USMCA trade deal, major Trump victory awaits his signature
The replacement for the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now known as USMCA, passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 89-10 in the Senate yesterday and now goes to the desk of President Donald Trump for his signature.
The rare bipartisan approval gives Trump a major victory in one of the main priorities of his presidency.
Report: 11 US troops injured in Iranian missile strike
Despite early Pentagon statements that no US troops were injured in the Iranian missile strike on two Iraqi bases housing American forces last week that Tehran launched in retaliation for the killing of General Soleimani, reports of injuries to US personnel have emerged.
The latest report by Defense One acknowledges that 11 Americans were injured in the attack and were transported to two hospitals, one in Germany and one in Kuwait, for follow-up examinations.
According to the updated report, several US service members were treated for concussions and traumatic brain injuries.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that some of the symptoms of concussions or traumatic brain injury may not appear right away, even not becoming apparent for days or months afterward.
Comey may be under DOJ investigation over leaks
Reportedly, the Justice Department appears to be investigating former FBI director James Comey for illegally leaking information to reporters several years ago, the NYT is reporting.
The Times is also alleging the investigation could be politically motivated and the Trump administration may be looking to make an example of Comey over the leaks. In the article, the Times mentions a highly classified document of the Russian government which allegedly was influential in Comey’s decision to not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State.
Comey was previously investigated for his handling of sensitive information regarding Russia.