During the House's impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump last year, Republicans challenged Democrats to find a law that Trump broke by withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine, pressuring the country's officials to open an investigation into his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Some House Democrats insisted that Trump violated the Impoundment Control Act, a 1974 law limiting the President's ability to withhold funds already allocated by Congress.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO), the highest audit institution of the U.S. federal government, just took those Democrats' side.
Earlier this year, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which found 416 cases of advanced black lung disease in coal miners in central Appalachia from 2013 to 2017 — the highest cluster of cases ever seen. The institute also confirmed a 2016-2017 investigation by National Public Radio (NPR) that discovered hundreds of other cases in southwestern Virginia, southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.
This research indicates that black lung is returning, even as safety measures have improved over the course of decades. Dust screens and ventilation had nearly removed the disease from the U.S. in the 1990s, but these recent studies suggest otherwise in coal country.
Back in May, Donald Trump backed his propagandist accusation that millions of illegal immigrants voted in the November 2016 presidential election, not with evidence, but by commissioning a panel via executive order to investigate said accusation of voter fraud. Trump did this even though election law experts and most state election officials said that voter fraud is rare.
Now the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the U.S. Congress watchdog group, has turned the tables by agreeing to investigate the controversial Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (PACEI). Reuters reports that the GAO's investigation follows three Democratic senators raising concerns that Trump's commission is actively working, not to investigate voter fraud, but to undermine and diminish the public's confidence in the democratic process.