Another day, another bombshell. The Office of Budget Management, run by none other than Mick Mulvaney, broke the law by withholding aid to Ukraine, based upon a policy decision of Donald Trump.
This bombshell legal opinion from the independent @USGAO demonstrates, without a doubt, that the Trump Administration illegally withheld assistance from Ukraine and the public evidence shows that the president himself ordered this illegal act. pic.twitter.com/bkwyQ4Vk3K
— Senator Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) January 16, 2020
It says right there in black and white that federal law does not permit the president to substitute his own policies over that which Congress has enacted into law. So, Mulvaney’s ravings at the time about this “is just how it’s done” were absurd then and in the light of day, they’re stupid now. This is not just how it’s done. Following the rule of law is how it’s done.