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Trump Allies Drag Watchdog for Pointing Out Trump Broke Law

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A federal watchdog report on Thursday found that the Trump administration illegally withheld security assistance to Ukraine, and some Republicans quickly settled on a strategy in response: try to discredit the watchdog.

To the extent that Republicans in the administration and on Capitol Hill have responded to the report, few addressed its substantive findings that the Trump White House violated a federal statute when it held up military aid to the U.S. ally. Instead, some have accused the Government Accountability Office, the nonpartisan agency that issued the report, of being in league with Democrats or trying to score some publicity related to the impending impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

The report’s timing could not have been worse for Trump and his congressional allies, coming as it did just hours before the House of Representatives officially transmitted two articles of impeachment to the Senate, where a trial is expected to start early next week.

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