Sondland WhatsApp Messages

Joseph Ratliff filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
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Due Dec. 18, 2019
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From: Joseph Ratliff

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All text messages sent through the messenger app WhatsApp between the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and (1) Ukrainian Presidential Aide Andriy Yermak, (2) Ukrainian Prosecutor General Ruslan Riaboshapka, (3) Former Ukrainian prosecutor general Yuri Lutsenko, (4) Former Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, (5) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, (6) former Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk, (7) Galina Yanchenko, member of the Ukrainian Parliament, and (8) Alexander Merezhko, Head of the Department of Law at Kyiv National Linguistic University.

Please limit your search to messages from 05/01/2019 to 10/01/2019.

"Sondland was also texting back and forth on WhatsApp with Yermak throughout the trip, and had been communicating with other Ukrainian officials over the messaging app in the preceding and subsequent months, according to people familiar with his interactions."

"Zelensky's team"

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Joseph Ratliff

From: U.S. Department of State

**THIS EMAIL BOX IS NOT MONITORED, PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.** Mr.Ratliff: This email acknowledges receipt of your November 19, 2019, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. § 552) request received by the U.S. Department of State, Office ofInformation Programs and Services on December 2, 2019, regardingWhatsApp text messages between the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and the following individuals (1) Andriy Yermak, (2) Ruslan Riaboshapka, (3) Yuri Lutsenko, (4) Viktor Shokin, (5) Volodymyr Zelensky, (6) Oleksandr Danylyuk, (7) Galina Yanchenko, and (8) Alexander Merezhko (Date Range for Record Search: From 5/1/2019 To 10/1/2019). This Office assigned your request the subject reference number and placed it in the complex processing track where it will beprocessed as quickly as possible. See 22 CFR § 171.11(h). This Office willnot be able to respond within the 20 days provided by the statute due to“unusual circumstances.” See 5 U.S.C. §552(a)(6)(B)(i)-(iii). In this instance,the unusual circumstances include the need to search for and collect requestedrecords from other Department offices or Foreign Service posts. If you have any questions regarding yourrequest , would like to narrow the scope or arrange analternative time frame to speed its processing, or would like an estimated dateof completion, please contact our FOIA Requester Service Center or our FOIAPublic Liaison by email at or telephone at202-261-8484. Additionally, youmay contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at theNational Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIAmediation services they offer. Thecontact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government InformationServices, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS,College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, email at; telephone at202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769. **THIS EMAIL BOX IS NOT MONITORED, PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.**


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