Energy Department agrees to release some Ukraine-related records
The Department of Energy has agreed to comply with a request from watchdog American Oversight to begin producing records related to former Secretary Rick Perry’s communications with key figures in the Trump-Ukraine investigation, according to a joint status update filed Monday.
Why it matters: The agency will release its first batch of records on Jan. 28, which could coincide with the Senate impeachment trial.
- Further document productions are scheduled for Feb. 4 and March 16.
The big picture: American Oversight filed a FOIA lawsuit in October seeking records from Perry, Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette and other officials possibly involved in the administration’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Trump's political opponents.
- Perry led a delegation to attend Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's inauguration in May 2019 and met with Ukrainian officials three other times.
- Axios also reported in October that Trump told House Republicans that he made his now infamous phone call to Zelensky at the urging of Perry.