Opening Statements

Rep. Edward R. Royce, Chairman
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Chairman Royce’s Opening Statement:

Chairman Royce Questions Witnesses:


Mr. Brett McGurk
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq and Iran
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
U.S. Department of State
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Ms. Elissa Slotkin
Performing the Duties of the Principle Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
U.S. Department of Defense
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Hearing transcript (PDF)


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