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Government Accountability Office Finds White House Violates Law by Withholding Aid to Ukraine

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a decision on Thursday concluding that the Trump administration violated the Impoundment Control Act (ICA), a law that regulates how the White House may distribute money appropriated by Congress. The decision found that the White House Office of Management and Budget withheld security aid to Ukraine in summer 2019 “for a policy reason,” not permitted under the law.

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Federal Judge Dismisses Kupperman Subpoena Suit

A judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a suit from former Deputy National Security Advisor Charles Kupperman seeking guidance on whether to comply with a congressional subpoena for his testimony in the impeachment inquiry. The judge held that intervening events, including the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's withdrawal of its subpoena to Kupperman, have rendered the suit moot. The opinion can be found here and below.

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Senate Minority Leader's Letter on Senate Impeachment Trial Procedures

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Dec. 15 requesting several procedural rules for the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. Schumer calls for subpoenas to be issued to Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, senior adviser to the acting White House Chief of Staff Robert Blair and Office of Management and Budget official Michael Duffey for the purposes of testifying in a Senate impeachment trial.

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House Releases Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald J. Trump

On Dec. 10, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D.-N.Y.) submitted a resolution of impeachment against President Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors. The first article was abuse of power, and the second was obstruction of Congress. The document is available here and below.

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