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Letter from E. Engel, Schiff, and Cummings to Cipollone Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) 1 (9/9/2019)

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                                      September 9, 2019


Mr. Pat Cipollone
Counsel to the President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20002


Dear Mr. Cipollone:

       The Committees on Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight and Reform jointly
request documents related to reported efforts by President Trump and his associates to
improperly pressure the Ukrainian government to assist the President's bid for reelection.

       A growing public record indicates that, for nearly two years,' the President and his
personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani,2 appear to have acted outside legitimate law enforcement and
diplomatic channels to coerce the Ukrainian government into pursuing two politically-motivated
investigations under the guise of anti-corruption activity. The first is a prosecution of Ukrainians
who provided key evidence against Mr. Trump's convicted campaign manager Paul Manafort.
That investigation aims to undercut the Mueller Report's overwhelming evidence that Russia
interfered in the 2016 election to support Trump's campaign. The other case targets the son of
former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, who is challenging Mr. Trump for the presidency in
2020.

       As the 2020 election draws closer, President Trump and his personal attorney appear to
have increased pressure on the Ukrainian government and its justice system in service of
President Trump's reelection campaign, and the White House and the State Department may be
abetting this scheme.3

1 See tweet @realDonaldTrump, July 25, 2017 (Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign -'quietly working
to boost Clinton.' So where is the investigation A.G. @seanhannity) (online at:
hps://twitter.com/realDonaidTrump/status/889788202172780544?s=20). This tweet was also referenced by
Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of President's Trump's possible obstruction ofjustice. See
Mueller Report, Vol. II, at p 96, FN 660.
2 See Victor Pinchuk Foundation, June 8, 2017, 107th Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani Gave Public Lecture at the
Invitation of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, noting the first publicly-reported meeting between Mr. Giuliani and
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko (online at https:,,/pinchukfund.org/en/news/20207/).
3 Kenneth P. Vogel and Andrew E. Kramer, Giuliani Renews Push for Ukraine to Investigate Trump's Political
Opponents, N.Y. Times, August 21, 2019 (online at: https:iiwww.nytimes.com/2019/08/21 /us/politics'giuliani-
ukraine.html).


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