New information has been made available, bearing on the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump. As reported by both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, the Government Accountability Office (the GAO) has issued a report finding that it was "illegal" for the president to hold up funding to the Ukraine, in opposition to and contrary to the duly enacted directions of the Congress.
The White House budget office promptly rejected the report’s conclusions, saying it had remained within the law. “We disagree with G.A.O.’s opinion,” said Rachel Semmel, a spokeswoman for the budget office. "O.M.B. uses its apportionment authority to ensure taxpayer dollars are properly spent consistent with the president’s priorities and with the law (emphasis added)."