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Energy Department Agrees To Turn Over Ukraine-Related Records

Watchdog group American Oversight sued for records regarding former Secretary Rick Perry's communications with Ukraine, among other things.
Posted at 9:24 PM, Jan 14, 2020

The Energy Department has agreed to release a trove of records related to the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine.

Ethics watchdog group American Oversight sued the Energy Department last year for documents related to former Energy Secretary Rick Perry's "communications with high-level Ukraine officials," as well as the department's contacts with President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. It also requested records regarding the U.S. delegation to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's inauguration, which Perry led last year.

According to a joint status report filed Monday, the Energy Department agreed to start releasing records on Perry's Ukraine communications and the Ukraine delegation by Jan. 28. Documents related to communications with Giuliani are slated to be released by Feb. 4, while another cache of Ukraine-related documents will be released by March 16.

Perry, who stepped down as energy secretary late last year, was one of several administration officials who were subpoenaed as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.