The Fakest Fake News Ever

The crap runneth over.

GAO finds Trump administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid

OH, NO MR. BILL! THE WALLS ARE CLOSING IN ON TRUMP. It’s the beginning of the end. The fat lady is singing.

The Trump administration’s decision to freeze the release of security assistance to Ukraine violated the law, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report.

The independent watchdog said in an opinion issued Thursday that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) withheld the appropriated funds last summer not as a programmatic delay but in order to advance the president’s own agenda.

By doing so, the watchdog concluded, the White House violated what’s known as the Impoundment Control Act (ICA).

“Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law,” the report said. “OMB withheld funds for a policy reason, which is not permitted under the Impoundment Control Act (ICA)…Therefore, we conclude that OMB violated the ICA.”

The GAO opinion touched on a matter at the center of impeachment proceedings against President Trump: The decision by the White House to withhold nearly $400 million in U.S. aid to Kyiv as it fights off pro-Russian separatists.

Democrats allege Trump dangled the promise of aid and a White House meeting as leverage to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into a 2020 political rival. They argue the White House then sought to obstruct their impeachment inquiry by blocking the testimony of current and former White House officials, while asserting absolute immunity over their testimony.

The OMB, however, pushed back against the GAO opinion, arguing that the White House office used the “apportionment authority to ensure taxpayer dollars are properly spent consistent with the President’s priorities and with the law.”

Acting OMB Director Russ Vought tweeted that the GAO report “comes from the same people who said we couldn’t keep National Parks open during the shutdown.”

Administration officials have argued they were seeking to ensure Ukraine was properly fighting widespread corruption, despite the Pentagon already certifying at the time of the delay that Ukraine had met the requirements set by Congress and after notifying Congress of its intent to release the funds.

A senior administration official on Thursday characterized the GAO report as an “overreach” and blasted the independent watchdog for getting involved “in the media’s controversy of the day.”

“In their rush to insert themselves in the impeachment narrative, maybe they’ll have to reverse their opinion again,” the senior administration official said, pointing to changes to earlier GAO opinions.

Still, the timing of the report’s release could not be more inconvenient for Republicans.

Well no shit, Sherlock.

Still, the timing of the report’s release could not be more inconvenient for Republicans.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize that this was no coincidence. Nancy picked yesterday for a reason. That makes this a hostile enemy action.

Democrats, who have pushed Senate Republicans to allow new witnesses and testimony, are seizing on the GAO report as reinforcing their argument that the president abused his authority for politically motivated purposes.

“This bombshell legal opinion from the independent Government Accountability Office demonstrates, without a doubt, that the Trump Administration illegally withheld security assistance from Ukraine,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who requested the GAO to review the hold, said in a statement. “The GAO’s independent findings reinforce the need for the Senate to obtain all relevant documents and hear from key fact witnesses in order to have a fair trial.”

Prediction: Every Democrat who shows up on television today will utter these words or something close to it, “The GAO ruled that Trump broke the law.” They will call it a “legal opinion” but it is just an opinion.

The Government Accountability Office is an agency in the Legislative branch. They work for Congress. That means they have no law enforcement powers. No badges, no guns, no warrants.

They don’t have any judges either. Judges issue legal opinions. But they don’t just issue them willy-nilly. They make rulings in cases with real people. They issue them after a contested hearing in which both sides get to present evidence and make legal arguments. That’s not what happened here.

This is more like what happened here:

GAO: “You can’t do that.”
OMB: “Sure we can, but it’s moot because the money was disbursed already anyway.”
GAO “I’m telling everyone that you broke the law.”

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My mood today is somewhere between these two songs. I’ll let you guess which one I’m feeling closest to.

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111 Responses to The Fakest Fake News Ever

  1. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Regardless of whether the Senate takes 2 hours, 2 weeks or 2 months to try the case, and no matter what evidence or witnesses are presented, if/when Trump is acquitted the Democrats will claim that the GOP went for party above country.

  2. helenk3 says:

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/01/2020_contrast_trumps_trade_or_the_dems_impeachment.html

    yesterday was a very defining day. It shows the difference between dems and Trump and we have to decide what we want for this country

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  5. helenk3 says:

    https://canadafreepress.com/article/gao-hit-piece-on-trump-gets-it-wrong

    we must have some really dummies in these federal depts. If you are going to accuse get it right and know what you are talking about

  6. lyn says:

    A comment at Surber’s place …

    xxxJanuary 17, 2020 at 11:47 AM
    — My wife is from Parnas’ corner of Eastern Europe and says he is indicative of the culture…A slimeball, and corrupt through and through. She pointed out the greasy hairstyle and said he lies every time his mouth opens. ZB

  7. DeniseVB says:

    That’s my prezzy 😀

  8. helenk3 says:

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Finally found that Mark Hamill tweet. Pathetic.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Ruh, roh…….

  11. DeniseVB says:

    Why I don’t pay for streaming services, it supports this garbage.

    • Somebody says:

      Oh she’s gonna throw her hat in the ring. She must have been busy buying off or blackmailing super delegates.

      The book tour, the interviews including Howard Stern, the clearing of the CF by Huber and now this. Notice she used Hulu not Netflix where the Obama’s are. Please, please let the HRC faction vs BO faction DNC civil war go hot…..no nuclear….scorched earth 😀 Not enough popcorn to go around.

    • lyn says:

      Hulu was only good for The Bridge, Swedish version.

      • DeniseVB says:

        We already pay almost $200/mo for Verizon’s top tier. Because dumb sports channels and Red Zone for all the NFL games on Sundays. My luck, TCM got thrown in for *free*. My buddies in the TCM fan group were bitching that TCM got cut from their cable providers recently unless they sign up for the sports packages. We’re talking classic movie nerds in that group, not sports fans. I think they offer live streaming of their channel now to compensate, which is cheaper than the freaking 300+ “sports” channels we seem to get now. 🙂

    • Woke Lola says:

      TV has been ruined by wokeness. I’m ready to shut it all down.

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    short thread …

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  15. DeniseVB says:

    I could be wrong, but I think this photo is “doctored” (ROTFLMAO)

    • Dora says:

      I’m not sure if the photo is doctored. I’ve seen her wear that dress before. 🙂

      • Somebody says:

        Dora it’s definitely doctored. Mooch towered over SJP, but not that much 😂

      • DeniseVB says:

        LOL. It’s really not that big of a stretch. SJP is a tiny little thing, even the original photos make her look like a little twiglette next to Mozilla, and Sarah her tallest spikey shoes on.

        (not photoshopped)

        • elliesmom says:

          I have a friend with severe TDS, and every time she says Moochelle dresses better than Melania, I post this outfit on her FB post. Or the one in the shorts with her nipples showing. Or the one where she’s wearing that spacesuit thing. Then when she says I never say anything nice about the way Moochelle dresses, I post the pic of her wearing the blue silk Christian Siriano at the DNC convention, and I point out Moochelle can look lovely so when she doesn’t, it’s by choice.

  16. lyn says:

    Point …

  17. lyn says:

    Counterpoint … crazy thread.

    • lyn says:

      SOULWAR:
      Everything Felch said was a cliche.
      Everything good or stable in his life began to be replaced by fear, anger and an overwhelming sense of hopelessness.
      LOOK AT HIS FACE..
      He’s utterly lost.
      THIS is what the MSM is doing to so many with their 24/7 365 Drumbeat of ORANGE MAN BAD!

  18. Dora says:

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    • DeniseVB says:

      Big difference to me, I would have been happy with anyone of those for President, yeah, even Jeb! over Hillary. The last credible field the Dems had was in 2008, except for Hillary and Obama 😛

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  21. DeniseVB says:

    A national treasure. An interviewer asked her if there was anything she hasn’t done in her long career that she’d like to do ? She replied, Robert Redford. 😀

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  23. votermom says:

    there’s a rumor that Prince Philip is dead – we’ll know if they announcebit in the morning

  24. DeniseVB says:

    LOL, who did you vote for ?

    • lyn says:

      As an Oregonian, I’d vote for Kate, but I’m a Democrat now. LOL.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      This test is hard. Just on what I have read, I think Katie is the biggest idiot. She appears to have no real understanding of much at all and evidently cannot afford to by a clue. Just bought into what she was told wold advance her and goes on and on without a clue.

      Perhaps because I know a lot of the players and see what is going on first hand, I wold say Northam is not an idiot. He is evil. He knows exactly what he doing. A pediatrician who thinks killing babies is really sinks below human. He is also is not a true Virginian (carpetbagger), so he cares naught if he and his thugs kill off most of the population and all of the state’s heritage as long as those that remain worship at the same devil’s alter.

  25. taw46 says:

    They become more insane everyday.

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  27. helenk3 says:

    quite a list here

  28. helenk3 says:

    https://freebeacon.com/politics/elizabeth-warren-voting-record/

    does this woman even know how to spell the word truth? she certainly does not know the meaning

  29. helenk3 says:

    random thought on the dems in the house and how they handled the impeachment mess. My husband used to say “there never seems to be enough time to do something right, but there is always time to do it over” I think that fits what the dems are attempting to do now

  30. helenk3 says:

    gonna be some shocks for harry

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    • elliesmom says:

      Now let’s give the kids recess back all the way through 8th grade and give the high school kids a “coffee break”. We run school according to “the factory model”, but we don’t give the kids the same breaks we give assembly line workers.

      • Mothy67 says:

        I took a PEP course my freshman year (psyco educational processes). I took it because it fit my schedule. Was a throw away 3 credit course. It taught you how to learn. One of the biggest things was never study for more than 50 minutes straight without a break. Get up and walk away for ten or fifteen minutes. Clear your head. Cramming has a negative effect.
        My niece Alexis is attending Pitt as a nursing student. She had straight A’s and college classes in high school. Her first semester in college she got a gut punch. She did not know how to study because she had spent her education learning how to take a standardized test. She had a very real ego check. Her mom’s response was that she went to too many frat parties. They are taking out PLUS loans so I get the anger.
        She was pre nursing and the way things looked the girl who graduated 4th in her class of over 1500 might not make the cut for nursing. I spent an hour with her regurgitating what I had been taught decades before. She is back on track with her usual A’s. The things are simple. Make sure you are properly nourished. Never push too hard. Before reading a chapter take a few minutes and skim the chapter. Read the boldface, the highlights, the pictures jot down a few notes then take a walk try and tie the knowledge into something you already know. Do not overthink a cursory chapter scan. You are simply tying it in to your cognitive structure. When you go back and read a dry chemistry lesson it has a place. Take notes even if lectures are on tape. Sit as close to the professor as you can. Write a one page summary of class twenty minutes after. Spend ten minutes each night just reviewing. You have to make learning part of you. It should not be a chore. Only write on one side of a notebook and feel free to write bigly waste the paper. It is so much easier to process something that looks like a kid’s book than page after page of notes crammed on a sheet of paper. Use a highlighter sparingly, but feel free to make notes in the margin. Create stories when you find a subject challenging. Who does not remember when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking. I have a visual memory of that to this day., School house rock was the bomb. I know how a bill becomes a law. A student should almost always create a study space free of clutter, but it actually helps if you change things up when something is difficult. Standing on one foot can cement something.
        Lexxi has been back on top for three semesters. She took my advice. She doesn’t even “study” any more she puts in about an hour and a half every night reviewing so the night before a test she just refreshes instead of cramming. She skims chapters before a lecture and claims it has changed college for her. She was ready to drop out. Thirteen years of public education and they never spent 30 minutes teaching her study skills?

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  34. Angie says:

    So adorable (the lady is a former LSU “Gold Girl” (dance team) whose married to a former player)

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  37. Dora says:

    FAA Declares Airspace Over Richmond, VA “National Defense Airspace” Until After Lobby Day

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not only issued temporary flight restrictions for Richmond, Virginia for Monday, but has designated the airspaces are “National Defense Airspace” until after Lobby Day, where tens of thousands of people who support the Second Amendment will gather on the Capitol grounds.

    https://thewashingtonstandard.com/faa-declares-airspace-over-richmond-va-national-defense-airspace-until-after-lobby-day/

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  41. lateblum says:

    Soooo funny!

  42. DeniseVB says:

    What are they mad about today?

  43. Dora says:

    Supreme Court To Hear Case On ‘Faithless’ Electors: Report

    States want the ability to replace or punish Electoral College members who ignore the popular vote.

    https://patch.com/us/white-house/supreme-court-hear-case-faithless-electors-report

  44. lateblum says:

    Here’s a word about our favorite grifters . . .

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