Politico: US budget office checks legality of Trump’s freeze on aid to Kiev

The head of the White House explained his actions by the insufficient fight of the Ukrainian authorities against corruption.

The U.S. General Audit Office (Accounts Chamber) has launched an audit to determine whether President Donald Trump has violated appropriation law without notifying Congress of the suspension of military assistance to Ukraine in the summer. This was reported on Thursday by the Politico newspaper.

Representatives of the Democratic Party believe that Trump linked the allocation of funds with the investigation of the activities of the son of former US Vice President Joseph Biden Hunter in Ukraine. The head of the White House attributed the freezing of aid to the insufficient struggle of the Ukrainian authorities against corruption.

Spokesperson for Public Relations Management Chuck Young told the publication that the time frame for verification has not yet been established. In this case, it is exclusively a legal assessment of the actions of the head of state, and the administration cannot call any of those subject to verification to testify. The administrative and budgetary administration of the White House emphasized that they fully complied with the procedures prescribed by law.

In the US, a scandal erupted around the July telephone conversation with President Trump of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky. It was the content of this conversation that ultimately became the reason for the impeachment proceedings against the head of the American administration. According to political opponents of the current American leader, Trump tried to convince Zelensky to start an investigation into Hunter Biden’s activities in Ukraine in exchange for providing financial and military assistance to Kiev.

Joseph Biden is now Trump’s most likely rival in the upcoming November 2020 presidential election. Therefore, according to the Democrats, Trump, putting pressure on Zelensky, in fact, sought to enlist the support of Kiev in the desire to be re-elected for a second term.


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