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U.S. Energy Department releases new Ukraine documents

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The documents show how the Department of Energy pushed for energy reform and even praised Ukraine for its handling of corruption in May 2019
14:37, 29 January 2020

Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new batch of documents related to its ex-Secretary Rick Perry and Ukraine, CNN reports.

According to the newspaper, documents show how the Department of Energy pushed for energy reform and even praised Ukraine for its handling of corruption in May 2019. It was when Perry led a delegation to meet newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Documents also provide information about Trump's desire to push Perry into working with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani in order to pursue corruption crackdown in Ukraine that would improve the President's political position.

Related: Groundwork to freeze Ukraine aid laid before Trump-Zelensky conversation

As we reported earlier, Donald Trump's lawyers presented arguments in defense of the American leader and tried to convince senators of the absence of violations against Ukraine. Lawyer Mike Purpura provided six arguments that allegedly testify to Trump's innocence, according to the Voice of America.

The lawyer notes that the American president "provided more assistance to Ukraine than the Obama administration," and also emphasizes that the Trump administration has significantly strengthened sanctions against Russia. Purpura states that the presentation of the July conversation between Trump and Zelensky "does not indicate that US military aid was used as a means of pressure on Ukraine."

Related: Bolton confirms Trump's intentions to halt military aid for Ukraine

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