The Pentagon announced its readiness to cooperate with Congress on the investigation into the issue of the removal of President Donald Trump, accused of using an arms sale to Ukraine, a pressure card on Kiev for electoral purposes.
Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told a news conference: "Today, the department's legal council (...) ordered all defense department offices to hand over all relevant documents and archives for them to be archived and reviewed."
The spokesman said the decision was taken as a proactive measure, not under pressure from congressional Democrats conducting an investigation to isolate the president.
"I understand that this is a relatively common practice when there is a lot of interest from Congress or the Inspector General on one issue: the department is taking proactive measures to ensure the availability of data. For me, it's routine, but proactive."
Hoffman said Defense Secretary Mark Esper did not take part in the July 25 telephone conversation between the US president and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelinsky, in which Trump asked for a "service" from the Ukrainian president when he told him that he wanted to buy Gavlin anti-tank missiles.
"The minister has a very heavy agenda. He doesn't spend his days listening to phone calls to other people," Hoffman said.
The United States on Thursday approved the sale of Gavlin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine.