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Opening Statement for Third Day of Public Hearings from Morrison Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) 1 (11/19/2019)

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                         Opening Statement of Timothy Morrison

              Before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

                                   November 19, 2019

       Chairman Schiff, Ranking Member Nunes, and Members of the Committee, I appear

before you today under subpoena to answer your questions about my time as Senior Director for

European Affairs at the White House and the National Security Council (NSC), as related to

Ukraine and U.S. security sector assistance to that country. I will provide you the most complete

and accurate information I can, consistent with my obligations to protect classified and

privileged information. Whether the conduct that is the subject of this inquiry merits

impeachment is a question for the U.S. House of Representatives; I appear here today only to

provide factual information based upon my knowledge and recollections of events.

       I will not waste time restating the details of my opening statement from my deposition on

October 31, 2019, which has recently been made public. However, I will highlight the following

key points:

       First, as previously stated, I do not know who the whistleblower is, nor do I intend to

speculate as to who the individual may be.

       Second, I have great respect for my former colleagues from the NSC and the rest of the

interagency. I am not here today to question their character or integrity. My recollections and

judgments are my own. Some of my colleagues' recollections of conversations and interactions

may differ from mine, but I do not view those differences as the result of an untoward purpose.

       Third, I continue to believe Ukraine is on the front lines of a strategic competition

between the West and Vladimir Putin's revanchist Russia. Russia is a failing power, but it is still

a dangerous one. The United States aids Ukraine and her people so they can fight Russia over

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