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Memo and Draft Subpoena from Cummings, Schiff, and E. Engel re: Compelling White House to Produce Documents Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) 1 (10/2/2019)

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                                   MEMORANDUM

                                   October 2, 2019

To:    Members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform

Fr:    Chairman Elijah E. Cummings

Re:    Notice of Intent to Issue Subpoena

       Pursuant to the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry, this memorandum
provides Committee Members with notice of my intent to issue a subpoena to the White House.

       This subpoena will be issued by the Committee on Oversight and Reform on Friday,
October 4, 2019, under the Rules of the House of Representatives in exercise of its oversight and
legislative jurisdiction and after consultation with the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

       The Committees are investigating the extent to which President Trump jeopardized
national security by pressing Ukraine to interfere with our 2020 election and by withholding
security assistance provided by Congress to help Ukraine counter Russian aggression, as well as
any efforts to cover up these matters.

       I do not take this step lightly. Over the past several weeks, the Committees tried several
times to obtain voluntary compliance with our requests for documents, but the White House has
refused to engage with or even respond to the Committees.

       Only after overwhelming public pressure did the Trump Administration finally release
the incriminating record of the President's July 25, 2019, call with the Ukrainian President and
reverse its misguided decision to block the whistleblower complaint submitted to the Inspector
General of the Intelligence Community from being transmitted to Congress as required by
federal law.

       The White House's flagrant disregard of multiple voluntary requests for documents
combined with stark and urgent warnings from the Inspector General about the gravity of these
allegations have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena.

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