The court presentation says that the first set of documents will focus on the communications of then secretary Rick Perry, as well as cabinet chief Brian McCormack, among other elements. The next set will include communications with President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
Democrats say Trump abused his office by running a pressure campaign for Ukraine to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for $ 400 million in US security assistance and a White House meeting. Trump, the Democrats say, then blocked Congress investigators to cover up the misconduct.
Multiple US officials declared before Congress that Giuliani was a conduit for messages between the president and officials in Kiev, and that he was leading a problematic circumvention of typical national security processes.
In October, the Undersecretary of Energy, Melissa Burnison, told the three committees involved in the investigation that the Department of Energy “cannot fulfill its request for documents and communications at this time.”
In a letter, Burnison argues about the validity of the investigation and argues that the request is for confidential communications “that are potentially protected by executive privilege and would require careful review.”
Burnison concluded by saying that the department “remains committed to working with Congress.”