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Opinion Fiona Hill’s Testimony Is a Warning for Democrats, Too

05:35  22 november  2019
05:35  22 november  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Fiona Hill was in some ways an ideal witness for the Democrats in Thursday’ s impeachment hearings. In her opening statement, the former Russia director of But Hill also had a warning for Democrats . In response to questions from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Hill said: “The

Fiona Hill , the former White House adviser on Russia, opened her testimony before the Hill said she sees such claims as a dangerous distortion of what happened in 2016, while warning that Hill is a former senior U. S . intelligence official and the author of a respected biography of Russian President

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a man standing in front of a crowd: WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Fiona Hill, the National Security Council’s former senior director for Europe and Russia, closes her eyes as she testifies to the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony during the fifth day of open hearings in the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump, whom House Democrats say held back U.S. military aid for Ukraine while demanding it investigate his political rivals. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)© Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images North America WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Fiona Hill, the National Security Council’s former senior director for Europe and Russia, closes her eyes as she testifies to the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony during the fifth day of open hearings in the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump, whom House Democrats say held back U.S. military aid for Ukraine while demanding it investigate his political rivals. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Fiona Hill was in some ways an ideal witness for the Democrats in Thursday’s impeachment hearings.

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Fiona Hill testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on Thursday. That was a reference to her testimony that Bolton had tried to cut off a July 10 White House meeting with While Hill ’ s NSC replacement, Timothy Morrison, had earlier testified that Hill had warned him about

In today' s testimony , Fiona Hill said that the objective of the Russians is to sow discord. Before It’ s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’ s going on around them, from all around the world.

In her opening statement, the former Russia director of the National Security Council warned Republicans: “I refuse to be part of an effort to legitimize an alternate narrative that the Ukrainian government is a U.S. adversary, and that Ukraine — not Russia — attacked us in 2016.” She explained that she had come to learn that Gordon Sondland, the hotelier turned ambassador to the European Union, was “involved in domestic political errands” on behalf of President Donald Trump when it came to his Ukrainian diplomacy. She affirmed that her boss, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, described the schemes of Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani with regard to Ukraine as a “drug deal.”

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That lawsuit may take too long to resolve for Democrats ’ timeline. Key quote from her private testimony . “ … This is a direct quote from Ambassador Bolton: You go and tell [NSC lawyer John] Eisenberg that I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up on this.”

Democrats have concluded that in the face of White House refusal to cooperate, it is better to press ahead But it too could be appealed, and Mr. Bolton’s lawyer has suggested that it might not apply to his client “ Fiona Hill ’ s testimony is riddled with speculation and guesses about any role that Mr

But Hill also had a warning for Democrats. In response to questions from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Hill said: “The Russians’ interest is frankly to delegitimize our entire presidency,” noting that her point would likely resonate with Republicans. “The goal of the Russians was really to put whoever became president, by trying to tip their hands on one side of the scale, under a cloud,” she said. “We need to be very careful as we discuss all of these issues not to give them more fodder than they can use in 2020.”

Democrats have been ignoring this admonishment since 2016. To this day, Hillary Clinton says Trump is an “illegitimate president.” Meanwhile, during the Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday, Andrew Yang was asked what he would say, if elected, to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He responded: “Sorry I beat your guy.” For the #Resistance, it is accepted wisdom that Trump is a Russian asset.

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Democrat Adam Schiff, the committee chairman, told Sondland, who looked restlessly around the room: “This is a seminal moment Who is Fiona Hill and what can we expect from her impeachment testimony ? Hill , a top expert on Russia, expected to testify about her concerns of ‘shadow’ foreign

Hill – who was the White House’s top expert on Russia – is expected to testify about her concerns about a “shadow” foreign policy run by Giuliani, Sondland and others in Hill ’ s testimony will likely cover her own experiences and opinions about the activities of the Giuliani led effort, but also equally

The genesis of the Trump-Russia theory is the so-called Steele dossier, a collection of opposition research compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy who oversaw counterintelligence against Russia. It was commissioned by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign, and one of its most important claims is that Russia fed damaging information about Clinton to the Trump campaign through a low-level aide named Carter Page. No evidence has ever come forward to support this allegation, yet it was echoed and repeated throughout 2017.

Not only did the Steele dossier help the FBI obtain a surveillance warrant against Page. It also helped shape the initial media narrative of the Trump presidency. Schiff himself read some of the dossier into the Congressional Record in 2017.

Fast forward to Thursday. In her testimony, Hill said that she believed the Steele dossier was a “rabbit hole” and that Steele had been “played.” She was more specific in her closed-door deposition in October, when she said she believed the dossier was likely Russian disinformation. “The Russians would have an ax to grind against (Steele) given the job that he had previously,” she said. “If he started going back through his old contacts,” she said, it “would be a perfect opportunity for people to feed some kind of misinformation.”

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Hill warned Republicans loyal to Trump to stop peddling Russian propaganda in the form of conspiracy theories that Ukraine tampered in the 2016 presidential election. “I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests,” she said.

Fiona Hill had the high-profile experience of publicly testifying in the impeachment proceedings of a sitting U. S . president – but in doing so, she was also faced with a situation that hit close to home with many women in everyday circumstances. Hill , an accomplished scholar, was asked to explain an.

To be clear, this is speculation — though very well informed speculation. Hill is one of the world’s foremost experts on Russian disinformation. And she came to these judgments before rejoining the government.

That said, if Hill is correct, it’s damning. It would show that, in their zeal to prove a Russian plot to install a stooge as an American president, leading Democrats themselves succumbed to Russian disinformation.

To contact the author of this story: Eli Lake at elake1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Newman at mnewman43@bloomberg.net

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Eli Lake is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering national security and foreign policy. He was the senior national security correspondent for the Daily Beast and covered national security and intelligence for the Washington Times, the New York Sun and UPI.

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