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Cipollone Letter to Pelosi, Schiff, E. Engel, and Cummings re: White House Refusal to Cooperate with Inquiry Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) [1] (10/8/2019)

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THE   WHITE   HOUSE


                                     WASHINGTON


                                     October 8, 2019



The Honorable Nancy  Pelosi                    The Honorable Adam  B. Schiff
Speaker                                        Chairman
House  of Representatives                      House  Permanent Select Committee on
Washington, D.C. 20515                         Intelligence
                                               Washington, D.C. 20515
The Honorable Eliot L. Engel
Chairman                                       The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings
House  Foreign Affairs Committee               Chairman
Washington, D.C. 20515                         House Committee  on Oversight and Reform
                                               Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Madam   Speaker and Messrs. Chairmen:

       I write on behalf of President Donald J. Trump in response to your numerous, legally
unsupported demands made  as part of what you have labeled- contrary to the Constitution of the
United States and all past bipartisan precedent-as an impeachment inquiry. As you know,
you have designed and implemented your inquiry in a mainer that violates fundamental fairness
and constitutionally mandated due process.

       For example, you have denied the President the right to cross-examine witnesses, to call
witnesses, to receive transcripts of testimony, to have access to evidence, to have counsel
present, and many other basic rights guaranteed to all Americans. You have conducted your
proceedings in secret. You have violated civil liberties and the separation of powers by
threatening Executive Branch officials, claiming that you will seek to punish those who exercise
fundamental constitutional rights and prerogatives. All of this violates the Constitution, the rule
of law, and eveiypastprecedent. Never before in our history has the House of
Representatives-under the control of either political party taken the American people down
the dangerous path you seem determined to pursue.

       Put simply, you seek to overturn the results of the 2016 election and deprive the
American people of the President they have freely chosen. Many Democrats now apparently
view impeachment not only as a means to undo the democratic results of the last election, but as
a strategy to influence the net election, which is barely more than a year away. As one member
of Congress explained, he is concerned that if we don't impeach the President, he will get
reelected.' Your highly partisan and unconstitutional effort threatens grave and lasting damage
to our democratic institutions, to our system of free elections, and to the American people.


I Interview with Rep. Al Green, MSNBC (May 5, 2019).

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