[October 26, 2019 Letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan] [open pdf - 213KB]
From the Letter: "I was disappointed, but unfortunately not surprised, to receive your letter yesterday. I write to set the record straight and to urge you to comply with the Committee's subpoena. Let me be clear - the issuance of a subpoena was neither precipitous nor without warning, and any assertion to the contrary is disingenuous at best. As you know, the Committee has attempted since July 24, 2019, on a bipartisan basis, to secure your participation at its annual hearing examining worldwide terrorism threats to the homeland. The Committee had planned to hold the hearing on September 10, 2019, to coincide with the 9/11 anniversary. The Department declined. On August 28, 2019, Ranking Member Mike Rogers and I sent you a letter urging your participation at the hearing the following month. The Department again declined. After extensive negotiations, the Committee agreed to the Department's request to hold the hearing on October 30, 2019. Then, the very week before the hearing, the Department reneged on its agreement. Further efforts in recent days to urge the Department to reconsider were not constructive. Only after those efforts failed, three months after the Committee began trying to secure your testimony at this important hearing, was a subpoena issued."
U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security: https://homeland.house.gov/