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Letter from Schiff, E. Engel, and Cummings to Cipollone Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) 1 (9/24/2019)

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                                    September 24, 2019

Mr. Pat Cipollone
Counsel to the President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500


Dear Mr. Cipollone:

       On September 9, 2019, the Committees on Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight
and Reform wrote to you requesting documents relating to reports that President Trump and his
personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, pressed the Ukranian government to interfere with the
upcoming U.S. Presidential election by pursuing investigations that could benefit President
Trump politically. Our request was predicated on a growing public record of the President and
his personal lawyer's participation in such a scheme, which prompted our Committees to initiate
a joint investigation in June.

       We asked that the White House produce these documents by September 16, 2019.1 To
date, the White House has failed to acknowledge our request or comply in any way with the
Committees' request for documents.

       According to press reports, which multiple outlets have confirmed,2 documents requested
by the Committees-particularly the transcript of the President's July 25, 2019, phone call with
newly-elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky 1may be part of or related to a lawful
whistleblower disclosure that Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire continues
to improperly withhold from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in violation
of his express statutory obligation.3

       Over the past few days, there has been a dramatic shift in the President's public
statements about his call with President Zelensky, as well as troubling attacks by the President on
the whistleblower,4 The President initially appeared to deny press reports that he urged President
Zelensky to investigate the son of 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden.5 By Sunday,
September 22, the President explicitly admitted that he raised during his call with President
Zelensky the widely debunked conspiracy theory attempting to link Vice President Biden to
corruption in Ukraine. He stated:

       The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, with largely corruption, all of the
       corruption taking place and largely the fact that we don't want our people like Vice
       President Biden and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine and
       Ukraine, Ukraine's got a lot of problems. The new president is saying that he's going to


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