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Peters Letter to Cipollone re: Reported Misuse of White House Classified Systems for Presidential Conversations with Foreign Leaders Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) 1 (10/17/19)

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                                     October  16, 2019

Mr  Pat CipollOne
Wh  te  House Counsel
The White  Ilouse
16(00 Pennsylvania A enue. _\NW
Washington.  DC 20500

Dear Mr.  Cipollone:

On Se',ptember 25i 2019. the White House released a memorandum rouighly transcribing a July
I21 2019) call hetiveen Presidenit Donald Trumip and U krainian President Volodvymyr Zeensky.1
Durine the course of this conversation. President Zelensky thanked President Trump fOr the aid
and Support provided by the Inited States to Ukraine, and President Trump asked that Ukraine
investgate allWaios  invlving  a potential political rival in the 2020 Presidential eeton.

I amn deeply alarmed by President Trump's requests during this call andl actions reportedly taken
to suspend congressionally appropriated military and security aid for- Ukramine approximately one
week  prior to this call. ,I am fiurther troubled by allegations in a wvhistleblowecr complaint,
released publiclonb September 26, 2019, that the White House attempted to lock   down-
record-s of, President Trump's July 25. 2019 call. Thi disclsue received a preliminary review
f'rom the Intel igence Comunity Inspectr General (10). whio determined it appeared credible
and Pat the dei ition oan -urgent concerln'

The whistleblower complaint alleges that a word f'or wvord transcript of the call was not stored
on a comuter  syem   tyially  used fOr such records but instead moved to a standalone
comnputer system- managed by the Nqational Security Council Directorate for Intelligence
Prorams.  that is reserved for codeword-level intelligence informatio A senior Wht  House
official has since confir-med that the memorandum of the telephone conversation was stored on
this mor01e secure- s'tmThe whistleblowver complaint stats that this move was made at the

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