An attorney for the New York Times informed a judge on Friday that his publication reached an agreement with the State Department to give them any correspondence mentioning Hunter Biden and others tied to his business dealings.
According to The Washington Examiner, a court filing announced the development as part of a Freedom of Information Act request and a subsequent lawsuit seeking out the records.
“David McCraw, who is representing the New York Times, informed the judge that the State Department said it started identifying records as part of the request and agreed to hand over the first batch of records April 28,” the Examiner reported.
McCraw requested the Court move a court date scheduled for March 17, as it “may not be necessary” due to an agreement of a schedule to process the records requested.
“The parties are still negotiating the number of pages to be processed in and the frequency of each production. The parties respectfully propose to provide a status report to the Court on March 25, 2022, informing the Court of the results of this negotiation,” the letter reads.
The Times filed its suit in January after they claimed that the State Department was not responding to their FOIA requests in a timely manner and that reporter Kenneth Vogel’s requests for the emails were being essentially ignored.
Vogel requested emails from five officials at the U.S. Embassy in Romania between August 2015 and December 2019, and the agency told the publication that they estimated that they would be able to provide those records in April of 2023 at the earliest.
According to the State Department, the records being requested were related to “the possible improper use of federal government resources” by private citizens, and releasing them could constitute a possible evasion and nonenforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.