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Jordan and Nunes Letter to Johnson re: Request for Firsthand Information about Trump's Actions toward Ukraine Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) 1 (11/16/2019)

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                                    November   16, 2019

The Honorable  Ron Johnson
United States Senator
Washington,  DC 20510

Dear Senator Johnson:

       On  September 24, 2019, Speaker Nancy Pelosi unilaterally announced that the House of
Representatives would initiate an inquiry into impeaching President Donald J. Trump concerning
the President's telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July
25.1 Democrats allege that President Trump jeopardized U.S. national security by pressuring
Ukraine to initiate politically-motivated investigations that could interfere in U.S. domestic
politics.2 We respectfully write to request any firsthand information that you possess and are
willing to provide relating to the Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

       According to information obtained during the Democrats' impeachment inquiry and
news reports, you have firsthand information about facts at issue in this inquiry. You joined the
high-level U.S. delegation to President Zelensky's inauguration in May 2019, as well as the
subsequent debriefing with President Trump.3 You also participated in phone calls with
Ambassador  Sondland  and President Trump, and a meeting with President Zelensky, Senator
Murphy,  and Ambassador  Taylor in Kyiv on September 5.*These events are relevant to the
impeachment  inquiry.

       House Democrats  have been engaged in a one-sided, partisan, and fundamentally unfair
impeachment  inquiry. They have declined to allow the anonymous whistleblower to testify,
despite their previous promises that he would testify.s Democrats have declined to call witnesses
identified by Republicans. They have interrupted Republican questioning and even directed
witnesses not to answer Republican questions. Democrats have provided no due process
protections for the President.



ISpeaker Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi Remarks Announcing Impeachment Inquiry (Sept. 24, 2019).
2 H. Rpt. 116-266, 116th Cong. 2-3 (2019).
See, e.g., transcribed interview of Kurt Volker, in Wash., D.C., at 29, 289-93 (Oct. 3, 2019).
4See, e.g., Open Hearing with Ambassador Bill Taylor and George Kent: Hearing before the H. Perm. Set
Comm. on Intelligence, 116th Cong. (2019).
5 See, e.g., Josh Mitchell, Whistleblower is expected to testify soon, House Intelligence Chairman Schiffsays, Wall
St. J., Sept. 29, 2019.


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