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E. Engel Letter to Bulatao Demanding State Department Documents on Potential Threats to Yovanovitch's Security Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) [1] (1/15/2020)

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ELIOT L. ENGEL, NEW YORK                                                             MICHAEL T. McCAUL, TEXAS
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STAFF DIRECTOR                                                                            REPUBICAN STAFF DIRECTOR



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                                             January 15, 2020

        The Honorable Brian J. Bulatao
        Under Secretary of State for Management
        U.S. Department of State
        2201 C Street NW
        Washington, DC  20520

        Dear Mr. Under Secretary:

               I am deeply concerned by recently revealed information indicating that two American
        citizens, Robert F. Hyde and Lev Parnas, were engaged in efforts to surveil and possibly threaten
        the safety of the United States Ambassador to Ukraine in at least the spring of 2019. Documents
        received by the Foreign Affairs Committee show that in late March 2019, Mr. Hyde and Mr.
        Parnas were exchanging apparently highly sensitive information regarding the whereabouts of
        and security protocols for U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch via a series of WhatsApp
        messages.

               Mr. Hyde claimed in one message to have a person inside, possibly in the U.S.
        embassy in Kyiv, who is willing to help if we/you would like a price. The strong implication
        from these messages is that someone with detailed knowledge of the Ambassador's whereabouts
        and security protocols was providing that information in real time to Mr. Hyde and Mr. Parnas. I
        cannot overstate the profound security risk that this poses to the U.S. mission and our interests in
        Ukraine.

               I appreciate the personal commitment that Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic
        Security Michael Evanoff provided to my staff on the night this information came to light that
        the Bureau of Diplomatic Security would open an investigation into this matter immediately and
        would share relevant investigative information with partners at the Department of Justice and the
        Federal Bureau of Investigation.


I share the Department's deep resolve that the safety and security of our diplomats is of

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