The State Department released new emails related to the Trump administration’s Ukraine dealings on Friday night in response to American Oversight’s lawsuit. The eight-page production includes emails providing additional details about Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s contacts with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in late March 2019.
This is the third production released by the State Department in response to American Oversight’s lawsuit seeking records of senior officials’ communications with Giuliani or regarding efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to announce an investigation into presidential candidate Joe Biden. Previous records obtained by American Oversight through this lawsuit and others are available here.
Key highlights from these emails include:
March 27, 2019
A State Department employee sends a roundup listing various scheduling items for the following day, including rescheduling an appointment with Fox News host Sean Hannity and the following note indicating that Giuliani had requested a 10-minute meeting with Pompeo to drop off documents.
A few minutes later, Pompeo aide Lisa Kenna responds: “Pls have Mr. G bring the documents [redacted] We will address the meeting issue tomorrow.”
March 28, 2019
By 7:33 a.m. the next morning, Kenna had communicated with Pompeo about Giuliani’s meeting request and this information was forwarded to State Department staff to arrange the details.
The documents that Giuliani delivered, of course, contained the packet he had compiled as part of his smear effort to get the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, removed from her post. American Oversight obtained that packet in a previous document release in late 2019.
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