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17 Jan. 2020 / 09:50

The historic lawsuit against Donald Trump has begun: The oath in the Senate

The Integrity Office, a non-partisan institution under the authority of the United States Congress, has ruled that the Trump administration violated the law when it conditionally granted Ukraine political aid between President Trump and Zelenski, reports

The Integrity Office announced in a statement on Thursday that the Administration had violated a 1974 law that prohibits the White House from suspending funds to a third party if they have been approved by Congress. The administration had previously justified itself by the fact that "it found indications that the way in which the money to be spent by Ukrainians would be in opposition or conflict with the foreign policy of the President of the United States."

"Fair law enforcement does not allow the president to favor his own policy priorities over a law that has already been passed by the United States Congress," the Integrity Office said.

The decision fuels Democrats' accusations of how Trump has acted in his relationship with the president of Ukraine, with the White House leader stopping sending $400 million in security aid to Ukraine, while Trump was trying to persuade Zelensky to find compromising information on Joe Biden, one of the candidates for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2020 presidential election.

The decision comes after the House of Representatives sent the articles of indictment to the Senate with a view to starting the trial. The political process that will determine whether Donald Trump is guilty of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress will begin in the coming weeks.

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