Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman told reporters today:
“The general counsel of the department, in keeping with past practice on matters of importance and to ensure that all appropriate department information is available on this matter directed that DoD offices should provide any pertinent documents and records to the Office of General Counsel for cataloguing and review,”
“My understanding is this is a fairly standard practice that when there’s a significant level of congressional or [inspector general] interest in a matter, for the department to take steps proactively to ensure that these materials are available… To me, it seems to be a fairly routine but proactive measure we’re taking.”
“The Pentagon is expected this week to release a copy of the guidance from the general counsel” Hoffman said. Documents will include all records on the issue of temporarily delaying aid to Ukraine, including conversations with other agencies.
Hoffman also said that “no one from the Defense Department, including Defense secretary Mark Esper, was on the July 25 phone call between Drumpf and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky” in which President Drumpf asked the Ukrainian Leader for “a favor” after the Ukrainian president brought up the transfer of more Javelin anti-tank missiles.
“The secretary has an incredibly busy schedule… He doesn’t spend most of his days sitting in on other people’s phone calls.” Hoffman said.
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