90 Miles From Tyranny : FLASHBACK: Seven Times the GAO Said the Obama Administration Broke Federal Law

Saturday, January 18, 2020

FLASHBACK: Seven Times the GAO Said the Obama Administration Broke Federal Law

A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released Thursday contained the non-binding opinion that President Trump’s Office of Management and Budget violated the Impoundment Control Act (ICA) by withholding aid to Ukraine. The ICA governs how the White House distributes money approved by Congress. The timing seems almost too perfect, being released right before the Senate trial officially began.

Trump’s opponents rushed to claim the release as the latest “bombshell” to rock his administration. Sen. Chris Van Hollen literally called it a “bombshell,” while failed presidential candidate Even McMullin declared that the “Senate cannot ignore this crime.” They, and everyone else, are wrongly under the impression that this justifies impeachment. If it did, Obama should’ve been impeached seven times over.

As Breitbart’s Joel Pollak reported, there were seven times that the GAO found the Obama administration to have broken the law:

  • The Department of Homeland Security 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 2009 after the Secret Service reported that it had overspent on candidate protection in 2008 by $5,100,000, and used money from another program to cover the shortfall. DHS failed to notify Congress 15 days in advance of the “reprogramming.”
  • The Department of the Treasury was found to have violated the Antideficiency Act in 2014 when it used the voluntary services of four individuals. “Treasury did not appoint any of the individuals to federal employment, nor did any individual qualify as a student who may, under certain circumstances, perform voluntary service,” the GAO found, adding that there was no emergency that might have justified using the individuals to perform several months of work without receiving pay.
  • The Department of Defense was found to have violated the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 and the Antideficiency Act in the infamous Bowe Bergdahl swap, when President Barack Obama traded five high-level Taliban detainees for a...

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