The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will hand over a wealth of documents about Ukraine to the ethics group – including the contacts officials had with Rudy Giuliani and their internal communication about the Bidens
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has agreed to transfer Ukraine-related documents to a left-leaning watchdog group
- The group, American Oversight, filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit after the US ambassador to Ukraine was recalled
- Now the group has the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hand over documents related to freelancing from Rudy Giuliani in Ukraine
- A joint status report from the two parties outlines that the watchdog group has also requested documents regarding chatter about Joe and Hunter Biden
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has agreed to release a variety of Ukraine-related records to a progressive watchdog group.
In a court that filed Wednesday evening, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs agreed to transfer text messages, emails and other documents to American supervision, a left-wing group that filed a lawsuit using the Freedom of Information Act.
The group will have access to communications between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the trio of attorneys of President Trump: Rudy Giuliani, Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing, as well as documents relating to government efforts to press Ukraine to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden.
Rudy Giuliani's communication with Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials is expected to be released to a progressive watchdog group
State Secretary Mike Pompeo said last week that he & # 39; no reason & # 39; could see why the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would not adhere to a court ruling
The court set a deadline of November 22 for the transfer of documents.
Last week a US court judge ordered the Foreign Ministry to transfer documents, but it was unclear whether government officials would abide by them.
However, Pompeo told it The Wichita Eagle and the Kansas City Star that he & # 39; no reason & # 39; saw why the department would ignore the ruling.
The FOIA lawsuit was originally filed in the spring in response to President Trump who dismissed the US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.
Since then, much more has come out, with a whistleblower warning the inspector general of the intelligence community that President Trump had pressured the new Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens and had $ 400 million in support for the country.
Former vice president Joe Biden is currently running for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In a joint status report between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and American Oversight on Wednesday, the watchdog group agreed to prioritize and limit the focus of the document request & # 39 ;.
According to the documents, top priority, according to the documents, is from Giuliani and the other two lawyers from Trump with a laundry list of top state department officials, including Pompeo.
American Oversight then asked for reports between Foreign Ministry officials and contacts outside the government to discuss travel to Ukraine or talks with Ukrainian government officials, as well as any other attempt to encourage the Ukrainian government to investigate former vice president Joe Biden or his son Hunter Biden. & # 39;
The watchdog group continues to investigate how Yovanovitch lost her job.
The joint agreement says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will search for documents with & # 39; final guidelines & # 39; and & # 39; accompanying statements & # 39; for Yovanovitch's exit, but the parties limited the search to begin two weeks prior to her recall.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and American Oversight could not agree whether the watchdog group would receive readings from Trump & # 39; s call of 25 July with Zelensky, where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs claims that the documents are probably & # 39; classified and / or privileged & # 39; to be.
The liberal group had tried to limit attention to readings owned by Pompeo and his assistants or adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs T. Ulrich Brechbuhl, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had no budget.