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GAO: With China dialogues, WH violated law ^

Posted on 10/25/2011 11:10:58 AM PDT by kcvl

It’s not every day that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports that the Executive Office of the President violated federal law, but that’s the conclusion the GAO released in a report this month, after reviewing bilateral talks with the Chinese government hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

The White House Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) disputes GAO’s analysis, arguing that the law does not constitutionally apply to the OSTP's diplomatic activities.

The disagreement stems from meetings this past May in which officials from the OSTP met with representatives of the Chinese government to discuss technology innovation and economic issues.

After reviewing the meetings at the behest of Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., the GAO "conclude[d] that OSTP’s use of appropriations to fund its participation in the Innovation Dialogue and the [economic issues] violated” a section of the Department of Defense appropriations bill that became law in April.

"The plain meaning of section 1340 is clear," wrote GAO general counsel Lynn Gibson, adding that OSTP "contravened the appropriations restriction." The GAO report provided the text of section 1340:

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: frankwolf; gao; olc; ostp; violateslaw

1 posted on 10/25/2011 11:10:59 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl
So what. GAO and what army is going to do anything about Emir Obama’s actrivities...
2 posted on 10/25/2011 11:15:56 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

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3 posted on 10/25/2011 11:52:37 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at
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To: kcvl
"OSTP does not deny that it engaged in activities prohibited by section 1340," Gibson wrote for the GAO. "OSTP argues, instead, that section 1340, as applied to the events at issue here, is an unconstitutional infringement on the President’s constitutional prerogatives in foreign affairs," she said.

If the administration wants to make that argument...they needed FIRST to have a pre-discussion and relegislation with Congress. They never did. They simply violated the law, and admitted they have. And they thus...VIOLATED the OATH OF OFFICE.

This is grounds for impeachment, and there was not "prerogative" of foreign policy that precludes adhering to the LAW.

There is a process for changing laws. And he violated that too.

Anyways, the "prerogative" clearly is not legitimately justified by anything they did. This guy is a communist infiltrator destroying our national security from within, while setting up his own private army of Hoimeland Security Adminstration and TSA agents.

4 posted on 10/25/2011 12:31:45 PM PDT by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: Paul Ross

“This guy is a communist infiltrator destroying our national security from within, “

And what are we doing about it?

5 posted on 10/25/2011 1:13:57 PM PDT by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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