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Schiff, Cummings, and E. Engel Letter to Members of House Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs Committees re: Volker Testimony, with Excerpts from Volker Text Messages Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) 1 (10/3/2019)

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                                      October 3, 2019

Members of the Intelligence, Oversight and Reform, and Foreign Affairs Committees
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Colleagues:

       We are writing to convey our grave concerns with the unprecedented actions of President
Donald Trump and his Administration with respect to the House of Representatives'
impeachment inquiry.

       The President and his aides are engaging in a campaign of misinformation and
misdirection in an attempt to normalize the act of soliciting foreign powers to interfere in our
elections.

       We have all now seen the summary of the call in which President Trump repeatedly
urged the Ukrainian President to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden-
immediately after the Ukrainian President mentioned critical U.S. military assistance to counter
Russian aggression.

       The President claims he did nothing wrong. Even more astonishing, he is now openly
and publicly asking another foreign power-China-to launch its own sham investigation
against the Bidens to further his own political aims.

       This is not normal or acceptable. It is unethical, unpatriotic, and wrong. American
Presidents should never press foreign powers to target their domestic political rivals. Engaging
in these stunning abuses in broad daylight does not absolve President Trump of his
wrongdoings--or his grave offenses against the Constitution.

       Over the past week, new reports have revealed that other Trump Administration officials
also may have been involved in the illicit effort to get Ukrainian help for the President's
campaign.

       For example, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has now admitted that he was on the call
when President Trump explicitly pressed the Ukrainian President to investigate the Bidens-
but failed to report this to the FBI or other law enforcement authorities. You will recall, FBI
Director Christopher Wray urged individuals to report efforts to seek or receive help from a
foreign power that may intervene in a U.S. presidential election.

       This obligation is not diminished when the instigator of that foreign intervention is the
President of the United States; it is all the more crucial to the security of our elections. Instead,
when asked by the media about his own knowledge or participation in the call, Secretary
Pompeo dissembled.


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