Jan 13, 2020

Energy Department agrees to release some Ukraine-related records

Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

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.

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Trump says he spoke with George Floyd's family

President Trump in the Rose Garden on May 29. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Friday that he had spoken with the family of George Floyd, a black resident of Minneapolis who died after a police officer knelt on his neck on Monday.

Driving the news: Former Vice President Joe Biden said via livestream a few hours earlier that he, too, had spoken with Floyd's family. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee implored white Americans to consider systemic injustices against African Americans more broadly, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.

Former Minneapolis police officer in custody

A man rides a bicycle up to a law enforcement checkpoint today in Minneapolis. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The people of Minneapolis who took to the streets to protest got results Friday afternoon, but the nation will still enter the weekend on edge.

Why it matters: It's hard to imagine fired police officer Derek Chauvin being arrested so quickly on third-degree murder charges without this week's protests.