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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Releases Statement On Whistleblower Report

September 26, 2019
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the release of the whistleblower complaint regarding President Trump’s call with the President of Ukraine:

“The whistleblower’s complaint, coupled with the call summary released by the White House, justify this week’s call for the opening of an impeachment inquiry. 

“A high crime that has absolutely put this country at risk may have been committed by this White House and then covered up by this White House. Impeachment calls until now have been about what the President has done in the past – his conduct during the 2016 elections, his effort to obstruct the Mueller investigation, and other insidious acts.

“Now, as new evidence continues to suggest, the President has tried to corrupt our upcoming presidential election. The complaint alleges President Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani pressured Ukrainian officials to investigate a Democratic presidential candidate one week after withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in aid already appropriated by Congress. After, the complaint alleges that they tried to cover it up. The conversation was placed in a “standalone computer system” that was meant for storing sensitive and classified intelligence information rather than politically sensitive conversations.

“Let’s not forget too that the complaint itself should never have been withheld from Congress. The American people deserve the truth, and they also deserve swift action should it be that this President and his administration are guilty of high crimes, as the complaint suggests.”