In other words, Congress appropriated military aid for Ukraine, which obligated the Trump administration to disperse those funds. Except in this case, Trump didn't " because he wanted to use those funds to extort officials in Kyiv.Another day, another impeachable offense. Happy Thanksgiving from America's biggest turkey!
And that, in turn, contributed to two White House budget officials quitting in frustration. One of them reportedly concluded that the president's efforts were illegal. Sandy himself did not resign, but he too testified that he was concerned about the illegality of the Trump gambit and took those concerns to his superiors.
It was at that point that the White House transferred power away from Sandy and to the former chair of the Wisconsin Republican Party, political appointee Mike Duffey " a move without precedent at the OMB.
A Washington Post report added, "Sandy's testimony is the first public confirmation that the dispute at the OMB over the handling of the Ukraine aid became so intense that it contributed to resignations from the agency."
Sandy also testified that it was the president who personally ordered the pause on Ukraine aid, not for policy reasons, but because he'd seen a media report in June. We don't know exactly what report that may have been, though there was a lot of speculation overnight about this article in the conservative Washington Examiner.
So where does that leave us? Trump ordered the hold on Ukraine aid; officials in the White House budget office thought this was illegal; two of then resigned and one of them was cut out of the allocation process; and there's a paper trail that backs up all of this.