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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic Members' Letter to Risch re: Request to Convene Hearings Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) [1] (10/9/2019)

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                                                 Octcber 9, 2019

The Honorable James E. Risch
Chairman
United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee
423 Dirkscn Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 205 10

Chaimnan Risch:

We vrite regarding tis Committee's critical oversight role over mattenz of foreign policy. Over
the last week, serious allegations have arisen regarding the President's interactions with
President Zelensky involving U.S. foreign assistance and a key bilateral relationship. As the
American public continues to understand and examine the facts for themselves, we write to
ensure that this Committee does the same.

The Foreign Relations Committee has an obligation to examine the serious questions raised by
these events, As the Committee charged with jurisdiction over U.S. foreign policy, it is
incumbent on us to understand fully all the facts. including the circumstances surrounding the
delay in US. security assistance to Ukraine, the early departure of the U.S. ambassador to Kyiv.
the Department of State's role in these matters, as well as the implications these events may have
on U,.S-Ukraine relations, and U.S foreign policy more broadly. Recent revelations that the
Secretary of State himself listened in on the President's July 25 call with President Zelensky
adds to questions about the Department's role and only underscores the Committee's need to
conduct oversight,

To that end, we call on you to promptly convene hearings and use all available Committee tools
to fully examine these matters. At a minimum, this must include hearings with he Secretary of
State as well as key Department officials who were involved in Ukraine policy or had
interactions with or related to Ukrainian officials.

We look forward to working with you on a bipartisan basis to fulfill this Committee's oversight
role, and to continued engagement on these issues.

                                      Sincerely.




                                                         Benjamin L. Cardin
Ranking Member                                           United States Senator

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