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Menendez Letter to Perry re: Interactions with Zelensky and Other Ukrainian Officials Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) [1] (10/1/19)

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          JAMES F RISCH IAHO. CHAIRMAN
MARCO R1O, F1LORIDA   ROBERT ENENDE.,  NEW JERSEY
RON JOHNSON. WISCONSIN BENJAMIN L CARDINS MARYLAND
CORY GARONER, COLORADO JEANNE SHAHEEN, NLW HAMPSHIRE
MITT ROMNEY, UTAH     CHRISTOP-ER A. COONS, DELAWARE
LINDSEY GRAHAM. SOUTH CARLN  TOM UDALLNEWV.MEXICO
JOHNNY SAKON, GEORGIA CHR STOPHER MURPHY CONNECTICUT
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ROE PORTMANR OHIO     EDWARD J MARKEY, MASSACHUSETTS
TODTONO ININCRA BOOKE NWERSEY                         COMMITTEE  ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
TED CRUJZ, TEXAS
                                                           WASHINGTON, DC 20510--6225

                                                             October  1, 2019

        The  Honorable  Rick Perry
        Secretary of Energy
        U.S. Department   of Energy
        1000  Independence  Avenue,  S.W.
        Washington,   D.C. 20585

        Dear  Secretary Perry:

        I write to determine the details and circumstances around your interactions with Ukraine
        President Zelensky  and other Ukrainian officials, particularly relating to your trip to President
        Zelensky's  inauguration in May  2019. Given your  role as the leader of the official United States
        delegation to the inauguration, and the White House's recent release of evidence that President
        Trump   requested that Ukraine's government  investigate his domestic political opponent, your
        insight into the U.S. delegation's trip is of particular interest to the Senate Foreign Relations
        Committee.

        According  to a whistleblower complaint  addressed to Congress, Vice President Pence  planned to
        lead the May  2019 delegation to Ukraine, but, after President Trump instructed the Vice
        President not to, you led the delegation instead.' You also attended a dinner with President
        Zelensky  in June 2019.  According  to the complaint, likely around the time of your trip it was
        made  clear to Ukrainian officials that President Trump did not want to meet with President
        Zelensky  until Trump  saw how  Zelensky  'chose to act' in office.3 According to the readout of
        your travels, you met with Ukraine's President, Prime Minister, and head of parliament.4

        President Trump's  phone  call and the allegations in the whistleblower complaint raise serious
        questions about the messages  that were communicated   on behalf of President Trump to the
        government   of Ukraine. To that end, and to assist the Committee in fulfilling its oversight role of
        U.S. foreign policy, I request that you answer the following:

            1.  Who  requested that you to lead the delegation to Ukraine in May 2019, when  did they
                make  the request, and what reason were you given for the request?
            2.  Were  you aware that Vice President Pence had  cancelled his plans to travel to President
                Zelenksy's inauguration? If so, were you aware of the reason?

         'Whistleblower Complaint to the Chairmen of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Select
         Committee on Intelligence, Aug. 12, 2019, Classified Appendix at 1-2.
         2 U.S. Mission to the European Union, USEU Dinner, June 4, 2019.
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         Readout of Secretary Pery's Delegation Visit to the Inauguration of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
         Department of Energy, May 21, 2019, https: www.energv.go\ articles/readout-secretar-nerr-s-dieletation-visit-
         inauguration-ukrainian-president-volodvnvir

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