These documents may be relevant in the investigation of the possibility of impeachment, which is conducted by the lower house of Congress.
The office of the General Counsel of the Ministry of Defense instructed the Pentagon leadership to transfer all documents and correspondence relating to the provision of military assistance to Ukraine for cataloging and preservation.
These documents may be relevant in the investigation of the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump, which is now underway in the House of Representatives.
Paul Ney, the Defense Department’s General Counsel, released a memo on Friday stating the need to “identify, preserve and collect” all documents related to military assistance to Ukraine. This, according to Ney, is necessary for a timely “response to expected requests for such materials.”
The documents relating to the temporary delay in aid to Ukraine include correspondence between the Defense Ministry and other Federal agencies. Jonathan Hoffman, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters.
“As I understand it, this is pretty standard practice,” Hoffman added, saying that the Department usually takes steps in advance to provide timely materials that are of interest to Congress or the Inspector General’s Office.
Last summer, the White House ordered a temporary suspension of aid to Ukraine for $ 391 million, of which $ 250 million in military aid.
This week, the State Department confirmed the possible sale of 150 Javelin anti-tank systems and related equipment to Ukraine for $ 39 million. The deal does not apply to $ 250 million in military aid, which was temporarily frozen until September.