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Politics Democrats warn State Dept against punishing individuals who testify in impeachment hearings

00:10  13 november  2019
00:10  13 november  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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A group of Senate Democrats is urging top State Department officials to commit that individuals who testify as part of the House impeachment inquiry hearings won't face retaliation over their remarks. The letter comes ahead of the first public hearings as part of the House impeachment inquiry.

A group of Senate Democrats is urging top State Department officials to commit that individuals who testify as part of the House impeachment inquiry hearings won't The Democratic senators want an update within three business days on the steps they will take to support State Department personnel.

A group of Senate Democrats is urging top State Department officials to commit that individuals who testify as part of the House impeachment inquiry hearings won't face retaliation over their remarks.

Bob Menendez wearing a suit and tie: Democrats warn State Dept against punishing individuals who testify in impeachment hearings© Aaron Schwartz Democrats warn State Dept against punishing individuals who testify in impeachment hearings

Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the committee's ranking member, sent a letter on Tuesday to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Undersecretary of State Brian Bulatao urging them to publicly commit to protecting department officials who testify from any potential professional blowback.

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A group of Senate Democrats is urging top State Department officials to commit that individuals who testify as part of the House impeachment inquiry Nor will the Committee facilitate any efforts by President Trump or his allies to threaten, intimidate, or retaliate against the whistleblower who

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"We call on you to emphatically and unequivocally support and protect these employees to your fullest abilities, including by issuing statements of support and ensuring they are not subject to any act of reprisal," the 10 senators wrote in the letter.

They added that the officials should "do your part to show employees that the Department stands with them, and remains supportive of their sacrifices in the name of our national security."

The Democratic senators want an update within three business days on the steps the officials will take to support State Department personnel.

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The letter comes ahead of the first public hearings as part of the House impeachment inquiry. William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, will testify on Wednesday. Maria Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, will testify on Friday.

Senate Democrats said they had become "increasingly alarmed by the Department's lack of support and utter silence for veteran diplomats and career public servants." They noted they were not sending the letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "because his silence to date speaks volumes."

"We call on you to take all necessary steps to protect them, and other officials who come before Congress, including addressing any threats to their safety and ensuring they do not suffer any retaliation or reprisals," they added.

Pompeo, whom Democrats have accused of helping stonewall the impeachment inquiry, told Live 5 in Charleston, S.C., on Monday that he hoped officials who testified will do so "truthfully" and "accurately."

"When they do, the oversight role will have been performed," he added.

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