For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 

Phone: 202-588-1000

GAO Report: A Damning Rebuke of White House Lies

WASHINGTON - A new report from the government’s independent nonpartisan watchdog, Government Accountability Office (GAO), said that the Trump administration violated the law when it withheld congressionally approved Ukraine security aid. This news comes on the day impeachment articles move officially to the U.S. Senate, and Chief Justice John Roberts swears in the senators for President Donald Trump’s trial.

Statement of Lisa Gilbert, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Public Citizen:


Never Miss a Beat.

Get our best delivered to your inbox.

From the very beginning, the Trump administration has maintained that the delay in approved funding for Ukraine was a simple procedural mix-up resulting from bureaucracy. Today’s GAO report is a significant and damning rebuke of that White House lie, and shows a clear crime committed by the White House.

In light of the GAO’s new report and the tangible evidence received this week from Rudy Giuliani-connected associate Lev Parnas, the need for witnesses and evidentiary documents during Trump’s impeachment trial is glaringly obvious. It is the responsibility of the Senate to provide a fair and honest trial so that we all hear the truth. It’s an easy call to make – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his caucus must allow a trial with relevant information provided. Otherwise, Americans will be forced to ask, what are they hiding for the president?


This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Please select a donation method:

Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts.

Share This Article