Washington, DCToday, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) is introducing a resolution expressing that the whistleblower report should be sent to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. This resolution was first introduced in the Senate and passed unanimously yesterday. In contrast to the politicized approach of H. Res 576, Congressman Curtis’ resolution makes clear that he takes whistleblower complaints seriously and is committed to getting the facts in an apolitical manner before speculating. Representatives Christopher Smith (R-NJ), David McKinley (R-WV), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Scott Tipton (R-CO), and Steve Stivers (R-OH) joined as original co-sponsors.

“Impeachment inquiries are deeply serious matters and should not be entered into lightly,” said Curtis. “I am pleased the President has released the transcript of his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and that the Director of National Intelligence and the Intelligence Community Inspector General will appear before the House Intelligence Committee tomorrow to add additional valuable context. The next step is to ensure the House and Senate committees have access to the whistleblower report. It is imperative that all of the facts come forward and I am hopeful these matters can proceed without the influence of partisan politics.”

The full text of the resolution is below:

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the whistleblower complaint received on August 12, 2019, by the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community should be transmitted immediately to the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives.

Resolved, That —
(1) the whistleblower complaint received on August 12, 2019, by the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community shall be transmitted immediately to the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives;

and (2) the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives should be allowed to evaluate the complaint in a deliberate and bipartisan manner consistent with applicable statutes and processes in order to safeguard classified and sensitive information.