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Letter from Hoyer and E. Engel to Pompeo re: Attacks against U.S. Ambassadors, including Yovanovitch Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) [1] (4/12/19)

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                                Washington, DT 20D515




                                      April 12, 2019

The Honorable Michael  R. Pompeo
Secretary
U.S. Department of State
2201 C  Street NW
Washington, DC  20520

Dear Mr. Secretary:

       We  write to express our deep concern regarding a series of attacks on career foreign
service officers currently stationed as or nominated to become U.S. ambassadors. In what is an
increasingly disturbing trend, we have seen foreign officials attack our own U.S. ambassadors
and foreign service officers for performing their jobs and advancing U.S. interests.

       We  are particularly concerned about the outrageous efforts by Ukrainian officials to
impugn  the efforts of our representative in that country, Ambassador Masha Yovanovitch, whom
we know  to be a dedicated public servant and diplomat of the highest caliber. Prior to her
appointment in Ukraine, Ambassador Yovanovitch twice served honorably and effectively as
U.S. Ambassador, first nominated by President George W. Bush. During her time in Ukraine,
she has been a tireless advocate for governance and economic reforms and the fight against
corruption, critical for the long-term success of democracy in Ukraine and the country's ability
to counter Russian aggression. It is disappointing that certain political actors within Ukraine
have criticized Ambassador Yovanovitch, given her focus on anti-corruption efforts that touch
on their interests.

       It is critical that State Department leadership support our ambassadors and foreign service
officers in the field and make clear that they will not be subjected to any politically motivated
attacks. We urge you to make public statements personally defending your team and those who
represent our country from these spurious disparagements. These public servants represent our
finest values, and they should know they have the full backing of the U.S. government in
performing their critical mission.

                                      Sincerely,




$TENY   H. HOYER                                       ELIOT  L. ENGEL
liouse Majority Lgader                                 Chairman, House Foreign Affairs
                                                       Committee


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