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Feinstein Letter to Senators Urging Senate Support for Impeachment Witnesses and Documents Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) 1 (1/2/2020)

handle is hein.presidents/usgvtwht0272 and id is 1 raw text is: DIANNE FEINSTEIN

                                        WASHINGTON, DC 20510-0504

                                           January 2, 2020

      Dear Colleague:

      This is to request your support for the witnesses and documents requested in Senator Schumer's
      December  15 and December  23 letters.

      The House  collected a significant amount of evidence during its inquiry. However, several key
      witnesses were prevented from testifying and relevant documents were withheld. Specifically:

          *  Four key witnesses - Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, former National Security Advisor
             John Bolton, top budget official Michael Duffey and White House aide Robert Blair -
             who would  provide the Senate with firsthand testimony regarding the withholding of aid
             to Ukraine; and

          *  Emails and documents from the White House, State Department, and Office of
             Management  and Budget  regarding the request for Ukraine to announce political
             investigations and the withholding of a White House meeting and military aid.

      During the Clinton impeachment trial, the Senate had the benefit of exhaustive testimony from
      key witnesses and relevant documents from the start of the trial. Given this, it made sense for the
      Senate to wait until after presentations from House Managers and the President to decide
      whether additional testimony from witnesses who had already testified was warranted. Today,
      however, that is not the case. We know that certain key witnesses have not provided any
      testimony and that critical documents have been withheld by the White House.

      Agreement  on Senator Schumer's requests for these witnesses and documents requires a simple
      majority. This should be easy to achieve as all Senators should want this information from the
      outset to ensure a full and fair trial.


                                                anne Feinstein
                                              United States Senator

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