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Letter from E. Engel, Schiff, and Maloney to Sullivan re: Release of Key Documents Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) [1] (10/23/2019)

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                                     October 23, 2019

The Honorable  John J. Sullivan
U.S. Department of State
2201  C Street, N.W.
Washington,  D.C. 20230

Dear Deputy  Secretary Sullivan:

       As part of the House of Representatives' ongoing impeachment inquiry, our Committees
have now  obtained detailed information identifying specific documents in the possession,
custody, or control of the Department of State that are directly and highly relevant to the inquiry.

       These documents  include information central to the inquiry's core area of investigation:
the President's efforts to press Ukraine to initiate investigations that would benefit his personal
and political interests, and not the national interest. These records include, but are not limited to:

       *      Written readouts and write-ups of meetings and conversations that document
              activity and conduct under investigation by the Committees;

       *      Email correspondence that pertains directly to matters under investigation that
              occurred both before and after President Trump's July 25, 2019, call with
              Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky;

       *      Diplomatic cables that relate, among other issues, to the President's decision to
              withhold vital military aid to Ukraine and document interactions with Ukrainian
              officials about matters under investigation;

       *      Text messages and electronic communications, including from personal devices,
              from witnesses in the inquiry; and

       *      Memoranda   to file drafted by Department officials, including memoranda that
              document efforts to press Ukraine to initiate politically-motivated investigations
              to benefit President Trump and that raise concerns about false representations by
              the Department to the Committees and that document efforts to intimidate or
              silence employees.

       The Department has not produced any documents-including  those referenced above-in
response to the subpoena issued by the Committee on Foreign Affairs, in consultation with the
Intelligence and Oversight and Reform Committees, on September 27, 2019. The Department
continues to withhold these and other documents, even as current and former Department
employees have testified before the Committees, and despite the Department's unfounded and
unsuccessful efforts to block their appearance or limit their testimony.

       The Committees  consider the refusal to comply with a duly authorized congressional
subpoena as obstruction of the lawful functions of Congress and of the impeachment inquiry.
Because the Committees have gathered evidence about the direct relevance of these documents,


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