An ex-aide to President Donald Trump in the area of European and Russian affairs testified before Congress on Monday as part of the impeachment inquiry into a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s president.
Fiona Hill was expected to say that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland went around U.N. and White House protocol to talk to Trump directly about Ukraine. Hill also said she strongly objected to the removal of former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, but that Trump disregarded her objections.
Yovanovich seems to have been largely a deep state operative and was a holdover from the Obama administration who may have actively worked against Trump. It makes sense he’d replace her. She is also the only former Trump official to comply with House subpoenas.
Hill’s alliance with Yovanovich could mean that Hill was also working against Trump. Her testimony will have to be considered in that light. Of course, it’s closed testimony, and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has been releasing only details that make Trump look bad, so we probably shouldn’t expect much there.
Rep. Jim Jordan (D-OH) has already drawn attention to the fact that Schiff left out large parts of former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker’s testimony, including the fact that he said there was no quid pro quo involved in Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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