Courthouse News reports:
President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani had multiple phone calls with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weeks before the ouster of U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, according to State Department records released under court order Friday evening.
The documents were released to the watchdog group American Oversight in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Among the records are confirmations of phone calls between Giuliani and Pompeo in late March, set up by President Donald Trump’s assistant Madeline Westerhout, suggesting that the president facilitated the calls.
Yovanovitch was removed from her post in May. Pompeo had previously refused to hand over such documents to House investigators in the impeachment inquiry. Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight said the documents show why.
The White House helped arrange a call between Rudy Giuliani and Secretary of State Pompeo the day after the President’s personal lawyer handed over materials with unproven claims about the Bidens, according to documents released by the State Department. https://t.co/9EWAS6Cdpg pic.twitter.com/EEYZec2cE4
— CNN (@CNN) November 23, 2019
NEW: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had several phone calls with Rudy Giuliani toward the end of March, weeks before Amb. Marie Yovanovitch was unceremoniously recalled from her post, according to documents released under court order late Friday. https://t.co/h50kQ3A1Jm
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) November 23, 2019
Pompeo was further implicated in Giuliani’s scheme to oust Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine on Friday night, as a court-ordered documents release uncovered a flurry of contact between them weeks before her ouster. https://t.co/YKAucnLGsa
— Michael Wilner (@mawilner) November 23, 2019