President Joe Biden is reportedly “under investigation” over breaking a federal law.
Biden is being investigated for halting billions of dollars in payments that were set to go out to companies that were tasked with finishing President Donald Trump’s southern border wall.
“Now the Government Accountability Office is launching a review to determine whether the new president broke the law by freezing the money in violation of budget rules designed to keep Congress in control of the cash flow,” Politico reported.
“The probe highlights the challenge presidents have historically faced in fulfilling campaign promises that require money to be spent — or suspended — at odds with Congress’ intent.”
News of the investigation comes as the president has reached a new level of scrutiny over the overwhelming crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, with Republicans, Democrats, and even the president of Mexico hammering Biden over his horrendous handling of the border.
Forty Senate Republicans said in a letter to the Government Accountability Office that in “the weeks that followed” Biden suspending construction of the border wall that “operational control of our southern border was comprised and a humanitarian and national security crisis has ensued.”
The letter continued, “The President’s actions directly contributed to this unfortunate, yet entirely avoidable, scenario. They are also a blatant violation of federal law and infringe on Congress’s constitutional power of the purse. We write regarding these actions.”
“We believe they violated the Impoundment Control Act (ICA), as interpreted by your office, and we request your legal opinion on the matter. Prompt action to end these violations is required to restore order at the border.”
Over 60 House Republicans joined their colleagues in the Senate on Tuesday, pushing the GAO, in a letter of their own, to investigate the matter.
The lawmakers wrote, “We are writing to be added as co-requesters of a March 17, 2021 letter, signed by 40 United States Senators, requesting the Government Accountability Office’s investigation and legal opinion on the actions of the Biden Administration to suspend border wall construction and to order a freeze of funds provided by Congress for that purpose, which we believe violated the Impoundment Control Act.”
However, the report by Politico pointed out that even if the GAO found that Biden had indeed illegally paused border wall funding, he would not likely face any formal punishment for his actions.
The southern border has become essentially overrun under Biden’s leadership thanks in part to his reversal of numerous effective Trump administration policies.
In at least one sector on the U.S. border, the Biden administration has started to release illegal border crossers into the U.S. without scheduling any kind of a court date for the migrants. Recent reports have indicated that there are more than 15,000 unaccompanied minors in U.S. custody, which is nearly twice as high as the previous record.
The Washington Post recently highlighted how the Biden administration was repeatedly warned that a crisis would erupt on the border if they undid Trump’s policies — a warning even career border officials were giving, and a warning that Joe Biden simply ignored.