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Menendez Letter to Linick re: Inquiry into State Department's Decision to Withhold Aid to Ukraine Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) [1] (10/3/2019)

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                                                         WASHINGTON, DC 20510  6225

                                                           October 3, 2019

        The Honorable Steve Linick
        Inspector General
        U.S. Department of State
        Office of the Inspector General
        SA-39
        1700 North Moore Street
        Arlington, VA 22209

        Dear Inspector General Linick:

        I am writing to renew my September 24th request for you to urgently investigate the State
        Department's withholding of critical security assistance to Ukraine and to expand that
        investigation to specifically cover the role of senior State Department officials in the Trump-
        Ukraine scandal, including Secretary of State Pompeo and his Counselor Ulrich Brechbuhl.
        Through information you provided to congressional committees and admissions by President
        Trump's agent, Rudy Giuiani, it appears that Secretary Pompeo may have inappropriately and
        unlawfully leveraged State Department resources-paid for by U.S. taxpayers to cause an
        investigation solely designed to advance President Trump's personal and political agenda. Mr.
        Brechbuhl may have wittingly or unwittingly participated in this effort. Such behavior is
        squarely within your jurisdiction, and must be investigated in a thorough and expedited fashion.

        Yesterday, you provided congressional staff with a series of documents that had been in the State
        Department's possession, which were rife with false, debunked infornation concerning one of
        President Trump's political opponents as well as former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie
        Yovanovitch. You indicated that, according to Mr. Brechbuhl, Secretary Pompeo told him that
        the documents had come over and were related to Ukraine, and that the Secretary asked Mr.
        Brechbul to look into them. Mr. Brechbuhl then forwarded the documents to the State
        Department Legal Adviser. Subsequently, the Acting State Legal Adviser forwarded them to you
        at the direction of the Deputy Secretary. At the time of the briefing, you indicated that you did
        not know where or from whom the documents originated.

        Just hours after the briefin  Mr. Giuiani reportedi indicated that: (I) he was the source of at
        least some of the documents; (2) he gave the documents either to the White House, which then
        passed them to Secretary Pompeo, or directly to Secretary Pompeo; and (3) Secretary Pompeo
        called Giuliani after receiving the documents and told him that the Department would
        investigate.'

        'Jeremy Herb et al., State Department inspector general gives Congress documents that Giuliani provided, CNN,
        Oct. 2, 2019, https://www .cnnicom2O 19/10!02/nolitics state-department-inspector-enera1-briefi
        nre    inxt; Leigh Ann Caldwell et aI., Giuliani says State Dept vowed to investigate after he gave
        Ukraine docs to Pompeo: Democrats who saw the documents dismissed them as 'propaganda and disinformation

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