Records show Gi­u­liani and Pom­peo con­tacts

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

WASHINGTON » Newly re­leased doc­u­ments show Don­ald Trump’s per­sonal lawyer Rudy Gi­u­liani was in con­tact with Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo in the months be­fore the U.S. am­bas­sador to Ukraine was abruptly re­called.

The State Depart­ment re­leased the doc­u­ments Fri­day to the group Amer­i­can Over­sight in re­sponse to a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act law­suit. They show that Pom­peo talked with Gi­u­liani on March 26 and March 29.

Austin Evers, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Amer­i­can Over­sight, said the doc­u­ments re­veal “a clear pa­per trail from Rudy Gi­u­liani to the Oval Of­fice to Sec­re­tary Pom­peo to fa­cil­i­tate Gi­u­liani’s smear cam­paign against a U.S. am­bas­sador.”

Two weeks ago, for­mer Am­bas­sador Marie Yo­vanovitch told House im­peach­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tors she felt “kneecapped” by a “smear cam­paign” Gi­u­liani led against her. She was with­drawn from her post in Ukraine in May.

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