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Fiona Hill Tries Blaming the Current Russia Situation on Trump
"But here's another one Remember Fiona hill Remember her from the impeachment hearings Fiona hills came off all professional Hitting Donald Trump during the impeachment hearings implying his administration didn't know what they were doing even though she was part of it Here's Fiona hill She was on with was it meet the press this weekend Here's Fiona hill part of the whole fiasco Still trying to blame the current Russia situation on Donald Trump Check this out Certainly there was an awful lot done by the administration also by Congress and by ambassador herself at the United Nations I think that just the one point that sums everything up that you yourself touched on is that president Trump at a pretty critical period withheld military assistance to Ukraine that was desperate for us at that particular juncture Basically to get volodymyr zelensky to do a personal further And what message does that send to Putin Well that sends a message to Putin that Ukraine is a plaything for him Have you himself as well under the United States And that nobody's really serious about turbo protecting Ukraine And that was ultimately a sign of weakness It's our political divisions our parties are in fighting which was on full display there But Putin I think is quite shock now that we've got some collective action together Ladies and gentlemen this is a total conspiracy theory Fiona hill is making that up The Trump withheld javelins so that he could get information from zelensky With regard to Biden is a conspiracy theory that's already been discredited The Biden Hunter Biden fiasco in Ukraine was a real was not a conspiracy It really happened It was a conspiracy but it wasn't a theory And Trump had every single right to ask for Ukrainians why prominent Americans kids and prominent Americans themselves were profiting off the chaos in Ukraine
"fiona hill" Discussed on WCPT 820
"Uh oh Uh oh This is all you Jodi There is no team America for Trump Not once did I see him do anything to put America first not once not a single second Minnie mouse No Another bad guess That was Fiona hill Oh Well at least it was a lady Do we have a Fiona hill song I think we do Former White House Russia adviser Fiona hell said Trump's foreign policy emboldened Russia to the point where it feels it can invade Ukraine That is absolutely dead on She said transform policy has not been driven by concern about the U.S. national interest by personal interests and impulses Thank you Partially we're here because he wanted a Trump Tower Moscow Yep And he let Putin do whatever the he wanted Yep Yeah For four years And I love the whole this would happen if I was president really You would have already given him Kyiv for Christmas right Yeah it wouldn't have needed an invasion They would have just moved in Right There would have been a Trump Tower Kyiv Thank you Yes Chris And they kept calling it Kyiv Yes He'll recall Trump's praise for Russia's for Putin as well as his disdain for NATO She also mentioned his campaign to pressure UK Ukraine for manufactured dirt about Biden in the run up to the 2022 election where he was held military for Ukraine She said all this did was say to Russia that Ukraine was a playground Thank you She said she also mentioned Biden has managed to pull NATO allies together for a display of resolve in the face of Russian aggression But warned that the crisis would likely drag on for some time she said the real challenge is keeping everyone together for a considerable period It's going to go on for a long time Oh I guess we do have a musical tribute Just 'cause.
What Can We Expect Next From the Durham Investigation?
"What can we expect from this point forward? So is Durham wrapping up his investigation? There's still some skeptics out there, cash. There's still some cynics. Hey look, there'll be a couple process crimes, but don't hold your breath. You're not going to get a Comey. You're not going to get a struck. You're not going to get a page. You're not going to get him a cave. You're not going to get anyone from the senior level of the Clinton campaign. What do you think? Look, I've run these massive conspiracy, massive national security cases, and they take two. I spent two three four years on some cases. John Barnes in his second year. And he's working against literally everyone in government because Merrick Garland's Department of Justice doesn't want to prosecute this. And the Chris ray and the FBI don't want to. So I don't think you issue 40 page indictments for process crimes and tell the world what you're working on if you're just going to stop. That's my opinion. And remember to your audience, an indictment is the only way a prosecutor can tell the world what they're doing because they're not allowed to disclose their evidence. So John Durham has taken the time to methodically issue indictments totaling over a 101 hundred pages now for three people. That's it. And he's identified 15 individuals like the Clinton operative in the matter like Fiona hill like Michael sussman and the like, and I think that's why he's building a larger conspiracy. Now, look, I'm not married to this pipe dream that we're going to get Comey. I wish we could, but I unfortunately just don't think we have the Jews to do it. I do think we have a shot at Andy mccabe and that's probably why the likes of Peter strzok are out in the media now, parading around. Just like Christopher Steele did, parading around his false credibility, now Peter strzok's turn. And that should tell you something that may be something else that's coming down the
"fiona hill" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk
"Is it hard to come out the other side of something like that feeling roughly as sane as you did when you went into it? Well, that happens pretty early on, actually, the tinfoil hops, George Soros conspiracy. It become almost my first few weeks there. And I was like, wow, okay, what's all this? But fortunately, I was quite well prepared for this because I have been studying the Soviet Union. And Russian history and disinformation and conspiracy theories for quite a long time. There just wasn't expecting coming from in the U.S. context or from other governments. I got the ire of Victor royal Bond Hungarian government really early on as well. I grown up in the United Kingdom with all the conspiracy theories that are coming out of the soul of the 1970s and the 1980s. The Soviets, you know, kind of a spreading around. I just then realized, you know, you mentioned QAnon before that the United States was now generating an awful lot of this itself. And that was something that was deeply troubling because I went and worried about Russia and I came out worried about the United States. There's another aspect I think which we should discuss of that preparation for that appearance, which is the way that you are prepared to look on television. And the point you're making there or one of the points that you are making there is that this is a much different process at a much more intense and complicated process for a woman appearing at one of these things than it would be for a man for whom it is basically just a question of try and straighten your tie and put a cone through your hair. But even after you've gone through all that, how disheartening or I don't know if you're able to find it amusing or not, did it feel to pick up the Washington actual post, a newspaper, which you might hope of all journals would rise above this, goes and has a bit of a pop at what you're wearing..
"fiona hill" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk
"He's trying to primary as he puts it. People from the Republican Party who seizes disloyal to in local and state elections get them pushed out. So there can be other officials put in who can then affect some of this state and local politics even at the election level. And also to suppress the boat, make it much more difficult in Republican health stats for people who would vote against Donald Trump to get out there and vote in the first instance. And then there's all this pressure on the judiciary that we saw. I mean, we now are seeing revealed around the investigations into what happened in 2020 in the January 6th storming of the U.S. capitol building, all the pressure that was put on people in the Department of Justice. As well as some of the other institutions and pressure to kind of push those people out of there. Then there is the investigation into the events of January 6 on the mob that stormed the capital. And Trump tried to stonewall that. But that again lays the groundwork for future incidents of mob violence and obviously more organized violence in the event of another set of election disputes. So everything at the local and state level now has become some kind of referendum on Trump. You've had the nationalization of politics across the board where previously there was much more focus on local and state politics. That was really the stuff of American democracy, not just everything was happening at the federal level. And he's using, of course, members of Congress to try to block legislation that might otherwise open up the system voting rights legislation that's trying to be pushed through, for example. There's one other character in Trump's orbit that I did want to ask about in detail, which is general Michael Flynn, whose trajectory I think seems to say quite a lot about the way that American politics has walked over the last 5 or 6 years or so. He was somebody who worked with at the national intelligence council between 2006 and 2009. He had a hand in helping recruit you to the National Security Council. He was a widely respected figure generally taken seriously former general and so forth..
"fiona hill" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk
"He could just flutter him. Before we get on to Russia now, I want to ask where your own story intersects with Russia. What was the beginning of your fascination with Russia of all the things you could have chosen to be fascinated by? Well, it comes out of arms control growing up in the UK when I did. The whole period from 1977, which is essentially when I go onto my secondary school all the way through to 1987, is dominated by the Euro missile crisis. This is the standoff between the United States and the USSR over the stationing of missiles SS 20 and Pershing missiles in Europe on both sides of the iron curtain and the UK of course was kind of ground zero for many of these weapons being stationed. I was Germany. You know, we having that tall standoff there. And so my whole period at school is shaped by fears of impending nuclear Armageddon. And they're not just fears. They're actually realities. You have warnings all the time for what you would do in the event of a missile strike. You get told if you're outdoors hide in a ditch if you're in the house, you know, how long can you stay inside with all the fallout? It's not what we were thinking about. And so against that kind of backdrop when I'm trying to figure out if I go to college, what will I study? Russia, Soviet Union comes the forefront. And I start to think on maybe I could be an interpreter for translator. Maybe I could, you know, end up in some of these arms control negotiations with clearly have to do something. And so that's the direction that I found myself going in. And that's weirdly, where I kind of intersect with Trump as well because Trump in the 1980s decides to basically offer himself up to Ronald Reagan as one of the arms control negotiators, the stock's garbage off around New York, trying to meet with the Russian leader. And I decided to go off in a different path because I don't have that wherewithal. I decided to go and study Russian and I end up in Moscow in 1987. When the INF treaties signed, ending all of the horrible fears that I had, all the way through my teenage years and into my early adulthood about having to hide in a ditch or hide the cupboard at home during nuclear Armageddon. This fascination with Russia, of course, ends up becoming your career in the United States. And I'm somebody who's only lived in the United Kingdom for about three decades and therefore can not possibly hope to understand the intricacies of its class system, but do you think you could have had the career coming from where you came from in the UK that you have managed to have in America or would there have been a ceiling on it? It's possible, but I think there would have been a ceiling and probably what I would have done is gone down a different path. Because United States is more of a sort of porous membrane between academia and politics as well that you don't really have the UK. I actually did apply to the foreign office or the foreign service in the UK. And their lost my application documents. It's just one of those incredibly bizarre quirk of fits. It literally fell down the back of a radiator in the foreign office building..
"fiona hill" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk
"Reason that I went to work in the administration was not because of Trump or any particular affinity, even to some of the things that he was rightly calling out. He put a very hard spotlight on all kinds of problems in the United States that needed to be addressed. She's obviously the whole way that he then went about addressing them in many respects was extraordinary problematic. And it was a very clear early on from his personality misogynistic. All these kind of dog whistle signals on race and breastfeeding and divisiveness, certainly not any kind of unifier in the political sphere. And that was deeply problematic. But there was that large extent of something had to be done in the national security realm about the influence operation of the Russians had launched in 2016 into the election. And that was where I felt I could do something. And when I was asked to step forward, you know, I felt that I really had to honestly is not a duty because I'd previously been the national intelligence officer for Russia. Working under the bush and the bomber administrations, I knew what was going on. And I knew that there were an awful lot of people around in the U.S. government that we could work together to try to mitigate what had happened and tried to prevent it from happening again. And I did think for a little while that there might be somewhere of putting that to Trump so he could see the national security imperative. Because of other things that he said on the foreign policy front, let me just suggest he really did want to do something with Russia. Not for the things that everybody else thought in terms of colluding with Putin and beaten Putin's Moscow, candidate and Putin's puppet. But he wanted to have an arms control deal. And he seemed genuinely serious about it, just he wasn't really serious in terms of putting in the work that was necessary for this. He just thought he could shot circuit everything and he sat down with Putin and charmed Putin. It would all be great. He was the special sauce that had been missing since Ronald Reagan and garbage off of that. He could turn things around. So that was problematic. But I really did think that somewhere along that, especially kept talking about America first and American interests. They would actually have the national security interests of the country somewhere on the upper levels of his thinking. And he did not. You write in your book that you got to appoint yourself by 2018 and that bizarre and calamitous press conference in Helsinki, where you considered faking a seizure in the auditorium to try and stop what was happening on the stage. By the time you've reached that point, where is the balance you're making between just chucking it all in announcing to anybody who will listen that this man you have elected his manifestly unqualified to do the job or trying to work with what you have and trying to limit the damage. I think the Helsinki press conference Stephanie fell into the latter that you're suggesting there about how to limit the damage. Because behind the scenes to tell sinky, they don't actually be in some pretty modest breakthroughs with Putin and the Russians behind the scenes. On the arms control agenda, of course, he wasn't raising the whole issues of election interference. Because he honestly, I don't think wanted to hear an answer. What if Putin had actually said to mess with him, I did actually. I like to do. It would have blown Trump's mind. And also, because the fidelity of his ego, I don't think he could have humbled that..
"fiona hill" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk
"There were still the kind of Midwest and the American heartland and the center of manufacturing, but over time, those great big auto plants the big steel works all start to close down and then people start to feel disaffected nearly there to cause nothing new comes in. And I guess I've always been quite attuned to this because of where I came from. My vantage point on all of these processes is very different because I've personally experienced them. We will come later in the show to your experiences of working for and with president Donald Trump. But on that thought, I did want to ask when he began running for president. Did any part of what he was saying resonate with you personally? Because a lot of his pitch was towards those kind of people you're talking about and indeed people like the people you grew up among. Absolutely. And I recognize right away what he was doing. And he obviously had a feel for it coming from essentially the construction business. He'd certainly employed plenty of workers, plenty of people without any kind of advanced qualifications right after school and jobs in the construction industry. He'd grown up in Queens in New York, a pretty hard scrubber, blue collar neighborhood, although his family obviously had done pretty well for themselves, building up their own business. He got what was going on in terms of people feeling alienated in their grievances. I think some of the peculiarities of his own personality fed into that as well. He felt that he wasn't really given his due for being from a successful business family coming from someone like queens. He wasn't quite welcomed into polite society in a way that he describes this, although from my vantage point, he is somebody who had an awful lot of opportunity in life and a lot of advantages. But he always felt somehow that he wasn't respected and given full credit. He understood that many blue collar working classes in the United States context middle class workers felt exactly the same way. And he knew how to talk to them because he'd spent a lot of time with his father, going to the family construction sites. Hearing how people spoke, basically pitching everything that he was saying towards them. He actually is a very clever, what we call a retail politician. He's selling them a lifestyle, he's setting them a quick fix. He's selling them kind of basically a vision of what they're themselves could be sort of standing in for them. He's almost like another video game reading. The person that other people would like to be. Donald Trump, I think it's fair to say will not be parting with a blurb for the paperback edition of your book. He appears not to like it. He has issued a statement in which he described you as among other things a deep state stiff with a nice accent, though, actually, he has said worse about a lot of other people. You've gotten off reasonably lightly there. Given what you understood of his personality before you went to work for him. And what you learned of his character as you worked for him, did you do the job you were doing with any optimism? Did you think I'm getting anything done here? I'm able to make a case. Well, in terms of making a case to him, no, because he didn't really care very much about what I actually quite a lot of people might have to say..
"fiona hill" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk
"Most of us spent the four years of Donald Trump's presidency, feeling like we were confined in a dishearteningly small space with a disconcertingly strange character. For some of that period this week's special guest on the foreign desk actually was. From 2017 to 2019 Fiona hill was senior director for Europe and Russia at the National Security Council, and therefore, at least in theory, a key adviser on Russia to the U.S. president. As hill details in her tremendous new memoir, there is nothing for you here, it didn't quite work out like that. Hill was among the exclusive coterie of Trump advisers hired for their actual expertise rather than their relationship to the president. She had served on the national intelligence council analyzing Russia and Eurasia. This made hill inevitably if depressingly, exactly the kind of adviser whose advice Trump was least interested in hearing. And makes her book a valuable insider report of the circus in Donald Trump's White House. There is nothing for you here is also a chronicle of hill's own remarkable life story. Hill was born and raised in a small town in northern England, the daughter of a coal miner and a midwife, aside from the location exactly the kind of people to whom Trump made his bogus pitch as a man of the people populist. There is nothing for you here, has further resonance as a warning of where such demagogues can lead a country and of the dangers of ignoring the anxieties on which they pray. What was it like watching Donald Trump attempting to govern? How do you get from childhood in a mining village in county Durham to testifying at the impeachment hearing of a U.S. president? And how does it feel to become the focus of the paranoid rage of Donald Trump's legions? This.
"fiona hill" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press
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"fiona hill" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press
"Because they are not doing it. Texas taxpayers having to step up and let me include ohio. Senate candidate josh mandel. There are no words to this one. I think the image speaks for itself and the burning of the massar brad. We were talking earlier. I said some republican senate. Staffers are sort of admitting half the basis. It focused on infrastructure. And what's going on capitol hill. So there's some room to maneuver but is the best way to win a minnesota senate. Primary is to go to arizona for this audit. Like what is this political theater about well for about twelve years being outside rather than inside as far more important in republican primaries than the logical scale right to left and so you cannot be nominated republican primary unless you can. I prove you're gonna be a disruptor There are lot shorthand ways to do that. And i think that's really what you're seeing in in many ways because republicans now buying larger green and got a lot of policy issues especially when you're in the minority that tends to happen so therefore proof proof of how you're gonna be a disruptor and how you're going to be someone who's going to advance a musket or pushback to the left is the first step to check is not having though a unified sort of you say it's sort of. What are the issues that the party stands for. That seems to be the missing piece here. Yeah specific to this idea of critical race. There have to tell you. Just spend some time reporting in this county in virginia about an hour outside of washington and to your point. This is something that is mobilizing people. Resonating very deeply. It was about one hundred degree day. Dozens and dozens and dozens of parents mostly white and this largely affluent county showed up to a school board meeting for many the very first school board meeting. They'd ever attended specifically because of this one issue that you mentioned critical race theory. A couple times parent led backlash at the grassroots level. It's manufactured no it's then and then sort of elected lit. A fire was lit. I disagree. I think it started because parents have had it with the education bureaucracy. After covid. they're fed up with tend to trust democrats when it comes to education funding but they trust republicans on education accountability. I think that what the backlash you're seeing on critical race theory in schools is another example of parents trying to hold educators accountable. it's coordinated it's aggressive is intentional. Right is this is part of the tribalism play critical race. Theory is is yet another tool in the racial tribal boogeyman toolbox to drive and inflame tribalism which republicans think things helps them in elections. This is this is. This is trump two point. Oh this is a continuation of this critical race. Theory is is an arcane. Sort of ideal. Why is it front and center right now. The same reason. That mitch mcconnell attacked stacey abrams when she came out for the voting bill. It is racial it is tribalism. We've seen it grow under trump and this is part and parcel of it and they think this helps ignite their base. There's no way this is not grassroots and brand. No this is organized in is being paid for. But actually we're good.
"fiona hill" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press
"Republicans wanna make deals with democrats or do they want to deny. President biden any victims. And what's next. Hey i want to bring the panel is here. And when i say here i mean here look studio with us first time in more than a year and yet this is our new studio. It's first time. We've had anybody in the studio washington post white house bureau chief ashley parker democratic pollster cornell belcher republican strategists. Brad todd and pbs newshour chief correspondent by both brad nights. Middle name is no relation On that front ashley when you read the tea leaves of sanders important. It looks close this same. Close your the white house chief okay. It's all about president biden at this point. I think he wants. This deal is gonna get it. He doesn't want this deal. And especially when you talk to republicans on the hill. They think that he wants this deal even more than some of his staff. That's why these moments where it starts to fall apart. You see these republicans. Senators much to the chagrin of their staffs unable to blame president biden. Right they think he wants to get to yes. His staff is point him back. I think we'll see this is. This is a different animal than the kobe rescue plan which he just felt tremendous urgency to do and he its first we should say he does defined. That is bipartisan. Even though it got no republican votes but he was just going to push the and when you talk to his team this is something where they are preceded to go it alone but they do really want that partisan buying and i think what we're all trying to figure out on the progressive side of things is how much patience do they have and you know is this about. Are they gonna. Would they really kill a deal. That president biden indoors and what you've seen from progressive early two point. I think this next bill is so different from previous ones coming back from that foreign trip. This is the real test now. How can president biden move forward with that promise of bipartisanship which he campaigned. All right he said. I can do this. I have the relationships from my time in the senate to pull this off. You saw progressive. Say you the first one hundred days. We're actually exceeded expectations with what we expected from this administration. Now they're starting to be some fraying around the edges there and you're seeing much more of that consternation and frustration growing. This kind of an issue is competing ambitions for biden though. He wants to be president. Who comes out with a big bold plans to move america through this time of great turmoil and uncertainty and coming off a global pandemic at the same time. He has to get things done so he's at some point going to have to make a choice cornell brad. Let's let's do this sort of the political calculations cornell. I i you do. Democrats need to six by need to have a small bipartisan. Deal to to to succeed or does he need something big with democrats but risk it. Maybe not happening for an entire calendar year. the answer is either right I think you take either then. Then you sell. Look the americans are always talking about. They want bipartisanship bipartisanship bipartisanship. You hear it all the time. We also know. there's a legislative grim reaper. By the name of mcconnell who's one hundred percent against the by the by an agenda so any ideal that that mitt romney sands like give. Let's be open to the conversation. Mansion saying we know praising senator the senate leader for forgiving bipartisanship a chance. I think the optics of it sauce making is ugly but the optics of it. Right there giving bipartisanship chance. They're trying and in the end if they do. Get a bipartisan. I think it'd be quite frankly. Politically good for both sides because infrastructure is something that republicans and democrats and independents all want brad. I had a republican staffer. I admit that the fact that the republican base is more worried about critical theory. Gives them room to do this deal that there isn't the same but if you think about what happening obamacare the whole world of republicans refocus consider infrastructure deal with its concrete water and fiber broadband broadband roads and and it can't be a trojan horse for bernie sanders wildest fantasies. And so you have to have a deal that bernie sanders will vote against to get a significant number of republicans. And i think that's what the white house has to decide. Is it willing to lose fifteen democrats in order to get a deal that includes twenty. Let me ask you this. If if what i had somebody say what. If you don't like the six trillion dollar deal. Is it better to pass something or let the democrats go it alone. I think it's incredibly risky for democrats to run everything for two years on party line votes. That's a recipe for republicans to take both chambers of congress. And i think the the fact that you hear. So many progressives act as if democrats have seventy centers up fifty tells you exactly the the tug that this white house that i don't think that there's a bipartisanship bill. The going to kill it. Progress is not gonna die sanderson sound like he was gonna kill any not talking about when he liked and politics. You say you know. I want this. I want this and you hold out until you try and try to get it. So i don't think i don't think the progressives are then going to kill this bill but i also think at the same time is going to be hard for republicans to run and the next fall midterm election with the idea that we tried to block everything that biden tried to do that by partisanship is important as you said. Democrats don't want to do everything. Go it alone but if you talk to. Some of the vitamin people results are equally as important. And you hear them often say they learned the lessons of the obama years and they point to the two thousand nine a bailout package say who remembers the three republicans who voted for him and nobody else does and they look at the covid relief bill and they say they're no republican votes but it was checks in pocket shots in arms. And that's what matters so that is always in the back of their minds when they're deciding what to do. Say that we saw some movement on mitch mcconnell. I'm not sure this or not but to save. Bipartisanship is dead. After the talks between shelley moore capito and president biden broke down and then to come back a few days later and say fifty fifty chance. Like maybe that's probably a real simple question for both cornell and brat head stacey abrams attacked mansions compromise. Just mitch mcconnell more open to cornell brad.
Fiona Hill Discusses Massive Cyberattack on Government Agencies
"Those were the words of Thomas Bossert, who advised both President George W. Bush and President Donald Trump on Homeland Security. Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney compared it to Russian bombers flying undetected over our entire country. Both men, Of course, we're talking about the massive cyber attack believed to have been perpetuated by Russia on scores of US government and private networks. The attack went undetected for months on let's bring in Fiona Hill. She has spent her career studying Russia. She served until last year as President Trump's most senior Russia advisor on the National Security Council field. Hell hey there! Welcome back. Thanks so much Mercury's thanks. Start with something you just heard me say that this breach is believed to have been perpetuated by Russia. Is there any reason to believe this was anyone other than Russia? No, I don't think so. I mean, given the number off private sector entities of other government entities who have attributed it to Russia. There's also you know, longstanding hallmarks of a Russian operation that many of them very familiar with me. People have bean on the lookout for these kinds of attacks, and obviously, you know they have discovered one and this is I've been able to do all the forensics, so I don't think there's any reason to question it. When you say there are hallmarks that seem familiar to the way Russian hackers do their work that's like that. Yes, suddenly having worked with Many of the people who've been looking at this a cybersecurity experts, you know they're very familiar with the telltale signs that Russians and other actors leave behind. You'll have seen President Trump's tweet raising the possibility that this was China. Is it possible this was China? Well, China's certainly done actions on this kind of scale. A few years ago, we had Chinese hack which, of course, export trade and all kinds of data out of U. S. Government systems, including the personal data of many of the people had filled out security clearances and full time. Part time employees of the government. But you're saying the signature on this one appears to be consistent with Russia. Exactly. So, I mean the fact that he's saying Well, China, you know, could have done this well. China could have done an operation on this scale, but I don't think there's any question that this is Russia. Someone who has advised President Trump. Why, In your view, is he so resistant to blaming Russia or confronting Russia? I'm afraid to say that there's a very personal element to this. President. Trump has been fixated on President Putin for some considerable period of time. It's President Putin style of governance, it says. Seemingly unchecked power. It's the word that he presents himself personally. Azad leader. I think that there's a lot that Trump admires in Putin style, and I think he finds it extraordinary hard because he was convinced that they had personal chemistry to think that Putin would do something like this on his watch. I mean, I think we've seen that President Trump is the same person private in public. Who takes everything very personally, who believes my mention his own personal question. His own personal role on he's become personally invested in Vladimir Putin as a result of thinking that they have a relationship and he's lost sight. Unfortunately, then of the national security perspective of all of us, I think that's one of the reasons why he's both in denial to himself has said very little about this. How did this happen? Understanding you're out of government now. But do you think the U. S was asleep at the wheel, distracted by the pandemic, the election? Other things? Look, I think all of these things and issues I think part of is also problem. When your team is getting undermined. Then we were also in the midst of an election. Of course. In which we were extraordinary worried about a repeat performance of 2016 a hack of the election, But I think as a result of that we put a lot of resource is onto this. I mean, I can't say for sure, because I mean, I know that we have a new awful lot of very technically capable, hard working people across the entire system. But it was certainly the case that we were being pushed to look in one particular area. On any other pointed as well that the president is actually undermined The intelligence community at every turn has bean you know, pitted against them, since you know very much the beginning of his presidency. On a date has bean you know, putting political loyalists in place essentially to investigate the intelligence community. He's also sacked s O money. Cabinet members and senior people in The key purses that one would want to see pulling together as a piece of team to tackle. This kind of issue on has been a odds with the branches of government. Congress haven't Bean pulling together without the executive branch of the Department of Agencies, either this it takes the whole of government effort on the whole of society effort. May I say I've interviewed you now. A number of times, Fiona Hill. I have never heard you speak so openly in such an openly critical way of the administration. You served has something changed. I think that really what we've heard is more of an accumulation of facts to basically point out to people. I know what I've been trying to do all along, including last year when I was testifying is trying not to politicize everything we talked about in the impeachment inquiry. This is actually part of our problem. When we politicize Russia on we get into parties and fights. This is exactly when we lay ourselves vulnerable on the whole message that I've been trying to get across is we need to pull together, you know, thinking a part of the problem for many of the people have been trying to speak out like myself in earlier times. Is gonna get painted His disgruntled employees as somebody with an agenda while speaking out is a political act doesn't have to be partisan. You have to speak out on behalf of the country on I think that this kind of stirred it should be inescapable to everyone about. You know our failure to tackle Cove in our failure to get ahead at this kind of hack. All failure, frankly, should be able to hand off the president. Seeing a smooth fashion President Trump is already talking about massive demonstrations on the streets of Washington, D. C on January 6th. I'm talking in the language of in another country. In another setting that people would say, Hey, he's trying to basically instigate a coup. So I mean, I think at this point if the larger population has not quite got the message that I feel like I've got to speak out a bit more strongly. It was Fiona Hill of the Brookings Institution. She served his director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council in the Trump Administration. Great to speak with you as always. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you.
Why does Fiona Hill think President Trump is reluctant to criticize Vladimir Putin?
"Since softly has got all of our political class every single one of those including the media exactly where he wants us Dr Fiona hill was president trump's top adviser on Russia in her first interview since testifying in the impeachment we asked her about her name expertise Russian president Vladimir Putin do you think that he studied president trump and did find some vulnerabilities and honed in on them with US president he does this with opportunity everybody that
Mitt Romney breaks with GOP and votes to remove Trump from office
"You believe that Donald Trump is is unfit to serve as president and should be removed from office. I do believe he should be removed from office. That's the vote that I will take an in just a short while if this means the end of your our political career broad shoulders to be able to to whether personal changes in my in my career political or otherwise. But what I don't have is the capacity to ignore my conscience the first time in American history sitting. US Senator voted to convict and remove president of his own party. Republican Senator Mitt Romney Utah Shocked. I gotta say just about everyone me as much as anyone without announcement and vote today before he did that before he decided trump was guilty of abuse the power given interviews the Atlantic's McKay coppins talking about his rationale. He said that this is the last place he wanted to find himself quote. I did not want to get here. In fact. He said that heard the reason he wanted. Former national security adviser John Bolton to testify about what president trump had told him was quote. I had the hope that Bolton would be able to say something it's to create reasonable doubt so I wouldn't have to vote to convict to talk more about Senator Romney's vote to android with a guy who got that big interview. McKay coppins staffer of the Atlantic and Neil Cacho former acting solicitor. Sir General in the Obama Administration who co-authored an opinion piece in the Times today titled This will come back to haunt trump and his enablers. Kayla me start with you a remarkable ccable moment in politics often. We don't surprise us because it's like well everyone's GonNa just do. What the partisan incense here? What was your sense of talking to him about what this meant and how he got there you know? I have to say that when I was told by his office that he was willing to talk to me yesterday and that he would reveal his vote. I went there with the assumption that he would probably be telling me he was gonNA vote to acquit. That wasn't to say I was. I wasn't open to the possibility. Maybe I think I actually said on your show last fall that I thought of all the Republican senators. Romney was the biggest threat to vote to convict. But you know I watched this kind of wrathful. Aw response from the right over. The last few months directed at him and I kind of expected him to be cowed and have like a bunch of excuses for why he had decided to to vote to acquit instead. He was very kind of almost indignant about what he saw as the president's misconduct he was dismayed by by his party. Ready and what. What's become of it and you know one thing that was remarkable to me was the degree to which he was talking about? Very personal issues of conscience and faith faith morality. He told me you know. I'm a fellow Mormon. And he was talking. He was quoting scripture to me quoting from hymns kind of talking about how he had he had had to pray eight for wisdom throughout this ordeal and so this really was something that was very personal for him and something seemed really committed to kneel. You wrote today about History history haunting the Republican senators or even in the near term being haunted by this. But what do you mean by that. Why do you think that's the case as opposed to it being consigned the memory hole like so so much that happens in our in our political world? Yeah I think that the GOP is now like the grand old cover party. And I think there's kind of three structural girl features that if I were publican outside of Romney I'd be really worried about number one. Is that seventy five percent of Americans wanted witnesses and seventy five percent of Americans. I think the president. That's something wrong in Ukraine. And that's even though we're so bitterly divided as a country so many Americans share that same core belief. The second is is the Democratic Party which has been told from the start impeachments assure loser the president keeps saying it and the like and they did it anyway. They did it despite the cost. Because has like Senator Romney they thought it was the right thing and third underappreciated and this is also the role of The folks in the Federal Government People like Dr Dr Fiona Hill and colonel of inman and the brave whistle blower all of whom came forward to say. Hey this is a real problem those three things together. So let's say to me if the president continues doing this stuff. He's going to face those three problems again. And then there's one other thing which is a consequence of the president's own legal arguments he said it to the Senate to things he said number one that there weren't any first-hand witnesses and the house should have gotten them and number two he said. Let the voters decide in November. Those two things together say the House tomorrow should be subpoenaing Bolton and gone launching a full-scale investigation. And that's what the president's President's own lawyers said should be done and so yeah. I'd be really worried if I'm the president I'd be worried about every senator who enabled this cover up McKay Don Jr. in Europe somewhat predictably tweeting about how Mitt Romney should be expelled from the GOP that he's now officially a member of the resistance and should be expelled and then of course Romney's niece Ronna Romney mcdaniel. Who is the chair of the? GOP said this is not the first time I disagree with Mitt. I imagine not be the last. The bottom line is president trump. Did nothing wrong. Republican Party's ladies more united than ever behind him. I got to imagine everyone's GonNa Watch the predictable kind of nuclear reaction that they will get from from from trump and the Republican party on this well. That's that's the whole point that's the strategy and that's been the strategy from day one that Donald trump goes after Mitt Romney when he steps out of line not because he he thinks he's going to be able to intimidate Mitt Romney necessarily because he's sending a message to all the other Republicans who might consider stepping out of line. I will say that you know when I was talking to Romney. He was bracing for this political backlash yesterday and he said Look. I know this is going to be really bad. I know that the vast majority of my party is lined up behind trump. He told me when he he's in airports. Every walk down the street random people will shout things at him in call him a traitor. Tell him he ought to be ashamed of himself and that was before he took this vote. So you know the the backlash is going to be by kind kind of deliberately. A spectacle to try to make an example out of Mitt Romney and I think that's part of the reason that Romney it'll be interesting to continue to watch him both both how he reacts to that and and how he kind of weather is that because while I do think there's GonNa be a lot of anger from the White House presidents allies the grassroots. I'm not actually sure that his Republican colleagues in the Senate are going to be quite as vicious and and you know Romney wants to show that you can do this. You can take this so you can stand up to trump and continue to resist. Do Your job. The president also of course tweeting a as I said earlier kind of nonsensical video targeting Romney I also I also wonder Neil and this is sort of different calculation but but but folks in the civil service I mean this seems to be key so many of them wrist stuck their neck out to go to go testify. We we know that there were people in the administration some political mostly civil servants. who were saying this is wrong? This is wrong. We shouldn't be doing this and I wonder what today means for them as well. In terms of restraining the president going forward so two things I just with respect to the conversation you were just having it so striking to me that this is the same person who evidently said something according to CBS opponents head is going to put on a pike and that led all the Republican senators to freak out when representative Schiff made that argument. But now that's exactly what's Howard's to Romney. We don't hear any of the any of that back and then with respect to the federal bureaucracy. I think you're absolutely right. You could take two different lessons from at one is it. Didn't work but I think the lesson that dead there is being taken in America. I'm starting to hear it from people in the federal government including when people who've seen some bad stuff and haven't come forward yet is the truth has got to come out. If the truth keeps coming out then the president is going to be stymied and all of the horrible things that he's trying to do and so I think this is going to be a lesson that's going to empower future whistleblowers. It's not going to hold them back And I certainly encouraged anyone with information to come forward McKay coppins and Neil Cacho. Thanks Janet from raking time tonight.
"fiona hill" Discussed on KCRW
"We have the evidence that everyone in the government Fiona hill testified to this thought that anti corruption was a major issue for US policy with respect to Ukraine when there is a new president elected in April presents the Lynskey that brought the possibility of reform to the forefront then we know that the president was receiving information from his private attorney Rudy Giuliani and he spoke in the oval office of Rudy knows about the Ukraine you guys go talk to him because he was explaining to the delegation that had just returned from the the inauguration for the president for presents Lewinski that he has concerns right grain because they're all corrupt he kept saying it's a corrupt country I don't know they tried to get me in the election so it draws again and there's his specific experience with Ukrainian corruption because he knew from the public reports as in the political article that is been referenced many times the political article in January of twenty seventeen explained a laundry list of Ukrainian government officials who have been out there attempting to assist the Hillary Clinton campaign and spreading misinformation misinformation or bad information or system digging up dirt on members of the trump campaign Mr Giuliani had been investigating things related to Ukraine in twenty sixteen and was led to the information about the breeze miss situation and vice president Biden having the prosecutor fired so that was in January that he had these interviews he turned over to the state department in March and then there were a series also of public articles published Jon Solomon hill published an article in March Rudy Giuliani tweeted about it in March there is an ABC story in June there is a two part New Yorker story about Biden's in Parisina in July then July twenty second The Washington Post.
House impeachment managers to deliver final day of arguments
"House impeachment manager set to begin their final day of arguments in the Senate impeachment trial Republican senators such as John morass so of Wyoming complaining that the democratic arguments have been repetitive some of the videos that they've been playing for this the third day they have played thanks Fiona hill I think must've seen one of those videos five or six or seven times in a year for most senators after they see something a couple of times they don't need to see
Trump's Russia adviser is put on administrative leave
"Am not part of the this. Whatever drug deal that Mulvaney in sunland cooking up on a hill former top Russia official on the National Security Council giving explosive explosive testimony in the impeachment inquiry in November testifying that she was essentially witness to the quid pro quo the center of the scandal for which president trump's now been impeached in the house house? That testimony put former national security adviser John Bolton at the top of Democrats wishlist for witnesses for the Senate trial of President Trump Fiona on a hill interacted with all the players at the center of the Ukraine scandal. She was there for many of the meetings at the center of the scandal because her position top Russia officials at the White House. Just put her at the center of the drama. She ended up being at the center of the inquiry. So here's something to watch for. Nail when Fiona Hill left her job as the top Russia Russia official on the National Security Council. Last summer she was replaced in that job by Tim. Morrison seen here also giving critical testimony in the impeachment inquiry. Tim Morrison lasted less than four months at that job. He quit literally the night before he gave his first closed-door impeachment testimony he walked into that deposition and announced. Oh It's surprise. He had resigned from the White House the previous night. Well after that in November that job top Russia job on the National Security Council at the White House House went to a new guy. This guy's name is Andrew Peak. Mr Pique had been at the State Department before moving over to the White House. He has been in this job less than three months surfed. Morrison was there for less than four months but on Friday this weekend. He was reportedly escorted off the White House grounds. According to Bloomberg News Axios the first to report. NBC News has since confirmed that peak was put on indefinite administrative leave amid a security related investigation. It was expected to travel with President trump to Davos this week but not anymore not after getting frogmarched off the White House grounds. We don't have details yet as to what this is all about. But I mean this job of old jobs right. This is the top Russia post at the White House. It is now vacant for the third time in less than a year since Fiona Hill
No sign of end to standoff over Trump impeachment trial
"And now to the impeachment debate here in Washington the Senate Republican leader is accusing house speaker Nancy Pelosi and what he is calling shamelessly game playing those comments from senator McConnell came after the speaker again stated she does not plan to send articles of impeachment of the Senate until seeing proposed rules for trial a president trump the continuing standoff between the speaker and the Senate Republican leader focusing on the president's conduct toward Ukraine comes as the president addressed the nation on the hostilities with Iran a crisis that is now over shadowing the impeachment drama from the Senate floor Republican John Thune of South Dakota but as a very straightforward process one as I said that met with the approval of all one hundred senators both Democrats and Republicans back in nineteen ninety nine the Clinton president is seems to me at least to be a fair way in which to proceed and and won that Senate Republicans have agreed to move forward with soul if and when the house Democrats under speaker Pelosi determine that they are ready to send those articles over here seems like maybe they're waiting for something to rescue what I think is an otherwise fairly weak argument that they have to make but when those articles arrive here we will have a process in place in which to move forward and and and get this trial under way in the Senate and hopefully hear the arguments and at some point in I hope in the not too distant future I conclude this and get it behind us in on to the work that the American people I think sent his here to do obviously there is an election coming up in November the first of all we'll start being cast just a few weeks from now in the state of Iowa and New Hampshire and other states followed very closely on by super Tuesday so the election process is already under way and I think that is the means by which most Americans believe we ought to deal with our leadership and in a democratic system of government we have the opportunities people to express our opinions and the voice argues in that manner and I would hope that that is where we can settle these political differences industries that we have that from Republican John Thune of South Dakota on the Senate floor the hill newspaper reporting a democratic senators are quote growing impatient over the delayed start of the impeachment trial some saying it's time for speaker Pelosi to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate in fact this from democratic senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut telling The Washington Post yesterday quote I think the time is past we should send the articles over reacting to all of that the house democratic caucus chair Hakeem Jeffries of New York sorry say has no the resolution going to like what do you gain by waiting for one of our as speaker has consistently indicated it's very difficult for her to determine who would be appropriate impeachment managers to present the house's case in the absence of understanding the rules of engagement and what the contours of a trial would look like beyond of course chairmanship and chairman Nadler who one would think we're going to be logical choices and participants to lead the effort but what we have seen over the last several weeks all the additional disclosure of documents that continue to highlight that the president did abuse his power by targeting an American citizen for political gain while withholding intentionally three hundred and ninety one million dollars in military aid from a vulnerable Ukraine additional documents subsequent to the speaker's decision to hold the articles have come out that's a gain in terms of information to the American people and we've also seen during this period of time that a critically important potential witness John Bolton has said he will testify if subpoenaed John Bolton had direct communication with the president about this sordid matter and abuse of power and we know from testimony from doctor Fiona hill characterize this whole scheme as a drug deal and the president's main operative Rudolph Giuliani as a hand grenade that from democratic congressman who keen Jeffries part of the house democratic leadership in this note regarding the house California governor Gavin Newsom today saying that he will not call for a special election in the district held by resigning Republican congressman Duncan hunter saying that we received his letter of resignation based on the timing a special election will not be called Duncan hunter officially steps down next Monday after pleading guilty to charges of campaign finance
Rep. Jackie Speier blames Trump for harassment of Fiona Hill
"Until a congresswoman Jackie spear is linking the recent harassment of a key impeachment witness to president trump's behavior according to The Washington Post former White House Russia adviser Fiona hill has received obscene phone calls death threats and attacks from far right media since she testified before the house intelligence committee Congress woman spare who sits on that committee says the attacks are consistent with trump's conduct but he sees competent women who do not bow to him and kiss his ring he attacks them viciously spear says she's also concerned the president is surrounding himself with staff who have little foreign policy expertise and she criticized his most recent appointment to the National Security Council
"fiona hill" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"The department of defense sent saying that Ukraine had passed all of its anti corruption requirements on June eighteenth the department of defense publicly announced that it would release the military aid to Ukraine lieutenant colonel vin men testified that by July third he was aware of the hold and he was aware that the office of management and budget OMB was making queries that were quote abnormal use that word abnormal Fiona hill testified that there was no explanation given for the hold undersecretary of state David Hale testified that he was frustrated because he was simply told that this was the president's wish in August in August several OMB this is W. NYC New York we are cutting away from special coverage of the house Judiciary Committee hearing considering impeachment charges against president trump on ninety three point nine FM and a on may twenty in order to bring you all things considered with analysis of the hearings and all of today's news including coverage of this week's fatal shooting in Jersey city the FBI says it is investigating the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism but WNYC will continue to present the hearings online where you can find a video stream there's also an audio stream or you can listen on the W. NYC act and tonight at eight tune in for a special recap of the day's proceedings and join in with your phone calls that.
"fiona hill" Discussed on WDTK The Patriot
"I don't know if you saw any of today's testimony in the Washington from this pair of people I guess you could call on that Fiona hill in the sky homes but Fiona hill just so you know because you can I guess you just can't get away from it she's on the board on the board society institute not just the but I mean the regional board which by the way is a George Soros enterprise yes can't get away from it we're talking about holding the press accountable I brought up the movie by Clint Eastwood Richard Jewell premiere last night being released to the general public on the thirteenth the man's life was ruined by the press ruined and the press was totally at fault totally at fault and they know so that's why they've been fighting lawsuits ever since ABC and NBC have lost bears you'll hear about that do you man I want to hear about that the schools I mean they are all liberal tanks but I've got a very good friend whose daughter was also a good friend graduated from the Annenberg school of journalism and U. S. C. and came out a proud conservative so please don't hand me this garbage about these little snow flake gears they can't handle it when they get up against the left they can if their convictions are truly convictions they can stand up to it your Greg in Waterford on the patriot high great go head Hey John.
Debunking the Trump-backed conspiracy theory on Ukraine election meddling
"President trump repeated again on Friday a defunct conspiracy theory that it was you crane and not Russia that intervened in the twenty sixteen election this even after multiple US intelligence agencies have repeatedly stated that that's simply not true in her testimony in the impeachment hearings this past week former National Security Council officer Fiona hill said that the president and his supporters are parroting Russian disinformation this is a fictional narrative that is being perpetrated in propagated by the Russian security services themselves the unfortunate truth is that Russia was the foreign power that systematically attacked democratic institutions in twenty sixteen this is the public conclusion of our intelligence agencies confirmed in bipartisan congressional reports it is beyond dispute even if some of the underlying details Mister mental suffice the second installment of the report she's referring to was written by the Senate intelligence committee and released last month need a junk which is the disinformation fellow at the Wilson center science technology and innovation program here in Washington DC and she joins me now welcome thanks for having me Leila alright let's start with this one it was kind of extraordinary to see in these impeachment hearings the need to repeat over and over and over again that it was the Russian government and not Ukraine that interfered in the twenty sixteen election so that strike you as significant it struck me as significant because by spreading the rumor that Ukraine interfered in our elections it's undermining the unanimous conclusions not only of the intelligence community but I have this bipartisan Senate report the Kremlin is stoking these divisions in our society and of course they don't want to see Ukraine reach its goals of Europe lentic integration they want to see you crane thought of as a corrupt nation and and right now the folks are peddling those theories are helping the Kremlin in that goal we should say for sure that we don't know that it was Russia that started the Ukraine rumor I'm we do know that Russia interfered in our election but we don't know that it was Russia that started the rumor that Ukraine was the one that did it instead of them doing well there is reporting that just came out from the New York times at the end of this week that sad that intelligence community was briefing members of Congress over the past couple of months saying that indeed Russian intelligence did plant that rumor among journalists and Ukrainian oligarchs and that's how it made its way into our
Trump Impeachment Inquiry: A Quick Recap
"More as Democrats and Republicans on the house intelligence committee ended what is likely their final impeachment hearing chairman Adam Schiff asserted president trump's conduct went beyond Watergate this president believes he is up all the law beyond accountability ranking member Devin newness called the hearings a show trial the latest attempt by Democrats to oust the president from office and their Russian dossiers and investigations fail to do the job they moved to plan B. the Ukraine helps those closing statements as this impeachment inquiry prepares to move to the house Judiciary Committee followed almost thirty three hours of witness testimony it began with ambassador bill Taylor who tried to show the importance of Ukraine to America's national security premiums or fighting Russians and counted on not only the training and weapons but also the assurance of U. S. support Taylor said in a regular policy making channel had taken over in Ukraine view reinforced by ambassador Marie Evanovich who questioned whether president trump was listening to people with interest be on national security they found Americans willing to partner with them and working together they apparently succeeded in orchestrating the removal of the US ambassador and colonel Alexander vin men raised alarms about making diplomacy personal is improper for the president of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a US citizen and a political opponent and then came ambassador Gordon saman central assertion Mr Giuliani's requests were a quid pro hello for arranging a White House visit for presidents Lynskey and that brought us to David Holmes and Fiona hill to normally unseen players want a career foreign service officer the other a national security analyst they entered the spotlight and provided a cinematic finish to the public impeachment hearings I could hear the president's voice through the ear piece of the phone isn't voice was loud and recognizable David Holmes called it a distinctive experience to over here president trump on the phone with ambassador Gordon Solomon I dinner president trump ask so he's gonna do the investigation master Stalin replied that he's going to do it adding a presence Lynskey will do anything asked him to do when the call ended home stole democratic staff attorney Daniel Goldman he asks on then for his impression of the president's view of Ukraine what ambassador son one say to you it is it doesn't really care about Ukraine use
Trump hosts heated White House vaping debate
"On Wednesday ten candidates faced off in Atlanta for a democratic presidential debate no one candidate broke out of the pack reflecting his surge in the polls people to judge came under fire for his political and experience while calmly Heris tried to regain momentum meanwhile on Capitol Hill house Democrats heard from nine witnesses this week and they're impeachment investigation of president trump ambassador Gordon Tomlin and former White House adviser Fiona hill were among those who testified someone said there was in fact a quid pro quo for the release of military aid to Ukraine while Fiona hell characterize the pressure campaign as a quote domestic political errands with us now is Joe carefully senior political writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and founder and president of she the people Amy Allison thanks for being with us Joe let's start with you much has been made of south bend Indiana mayor Pete booted Chad and his recent rise in the polls particularly in Iowa and New Hampshire what was his goal on Wednesday night and do you think he achieved it was gold what was it for in it not to be a a peek down like everybody just the young people who just because he's the the poll leader he's got bigger problems he is the head in that state that's ninety percent white which is you know that's that's nice but when it comes to California the stats here say that you know half of Latinos don't even know who he is so he's got some real problems and when he goes to South Carolina and he's been a long time there no black folks there are not into his campaign at all it is it's really amazing about people the church is that there is no path to victory in the primary without winning significant black support to go around black women he's as close to zero as they come and so I thought last night or late this week was his opportunity to make his case an authentic way to really appeal to black voters particular black women who are the power house Democratic Party voters and he was challenged on his racial justice record in south bend and I feel like he fell flat and so he didn't gain momentum there and therefore I I think as it relates to black voters would you put a judge did not to gain and he says I I asked in this of the California Democratic Party convention were at those at last week about this and he said no I'm I'm looking for to making out reaches into the communities and then Latinos and blacks but he didn't show up to the to the like the to the African American caucus of the California Democratic Party convention so you know there's a gap right now between the rhetoric and the reality for him come here she called him out on that on the stage in Amy you were actually at the debate I was right there and I what was the mood like there it's interesting because of the tight it's Tyler Perry studios it said Lana this is a state that was electrified and literally transformed by the campaign is Stacey Abrams who did that the pre show rally you don't it was the moment where I was sitting among people it was very clear when we heard from the mayor of Atlanta is Stacey Abrams a congressman Lewis as well as Tom for as the Georgia is the middle of the middle of the battleground states there one point four points from being a blue state and they recognize that not only do they have to deal with voter suppression and we didn't hear enough about that on stage about the reality voter suppression in a state like Georgia but they they need to invest now in order to elevate turn out even more than we saw record numbers for twenty eighteen so there was a sense of people in the audience they're really looking for signals from the the candidates who was who is able to speak the language of a multiracial coalition they can be a man or woman of any race but are they going to appeal to people like in Georgia and some did did a very good job on that and others fell on their face and so that was a good measure of who's going to be positioned to reassemble the Obama coalition into twenty twenty one of the most striking things for me in this debate was that this was the first debate were all for moderators were women Amy and you can answer this also if you'd like to do you think that that that affected the tenor of the debate and what was talked about I actually thought it was good I I in the in the sense that child care was brought up that's a universal fit you know our concern of parents in terms of being a burden and there's not a lot really but national solution to this so we have we're able to really hear from the candidates much more deeply around an issue that affects a lot of us and I think having women on the stage did make a difference in that way I think the issue of abortion in in choice was addressed more than before but again there are there were many many more issues or round they talked about workplace harassment in the need to movement and right that was really funny talk about housing to which hasn't gotten a lot of play so far too which is which is another issue that we yeah we have but for five debates since the first time I've really have discussion about housing is interesting because if you look at women in particular women of color are going to be the that the swing vote in these battleground states for the white and battle the White House they're also going to be the vote that ultimately decides who is a standard bearer for the Democratic Party these issues matter and she the people just worked with us center for American progress on a report that basically said look if you talk issues with the good witch and issues that speak to the base like some of the issues were talking about those are things that excite people and get them to the polls this is this is what needs to happen more and more these debates are coming up well California senator Kamel Harris she came out swinging at this debate she's trying to revitalize her campaign and there was one particularly testy exchange between her and congressman Tulsi Gabbard let's listen to that it's unfortunate that we have someone on the stage who is attempting to be the democratic nominee for president United States during the Obama administration spent four years full time on foxnews criticizing president Obama
Fiona Hill gives nation and Republicans stark warning
"A former White House adviser on Russia delivered more than just riveting testimony in the president's impeachment inquiry A. P. that Jackie Quinn reports she also had a warning for the U. S. about Russian election interference doctor Fiona hill is an expert on Russia who served on the president's National Security Council she expressed disapproval about the trump administration was pushing Ukraine's new president and she urged lawmakers to stop saying that you crane might have been meddling in the U. S. selection of twenty sixteen but if used to be part of an effort to legitimize an alternate narrative that the Ukrainian government is a U. S. address three of the Ukraine not Russia talked in twenty sixteen president trump has been part of that narrative she warns that Russia is currently working to interfere in the twenty twenty election and that's where Washington spoke it should be we must not let domestic politics stop us from defending ourselves against the foreign powers who truly
"fiona hill" Discussed on 106.1 FM WTKK
"Hello Americans right a welcome to the program glad you're here lot to talk about all my gosh Fiona hill was she not magnificent there's no partisanship going on from the democratic side no Sir and I can't even figure out what the public concert doing I mean if this were in a court of law according MSNBC CNN ABC CBS if this were a court of law to be an open and shut case just worn out if this were an opening shot this is a court of law the president would have been able to call people to testify in his defense so it's not a court of law now is it it's kangaroo court why what's coming next the biggest outrages of the day out of our system right away next this is the Glenn Beck program yeah I had an Omaha steak last night there is nothing better I you know I I honestly I'm a Porter house guy and does it show in my fat anyway I'm a poor house guy because I like it when it's got allies got all kind of marble in in there you got it all greasy and I'm like yeah can you put some butter on that too but I really don't ever eat fillets Omaha steak fillets are the best they are so good and his stepdaughter and up I'm Russian or you could cut them with a fork it is so good Omaha steaks now there have been something special if you're looking.
House Democrats move closer to impeaching Trump
"Two weeks of open impeachment hearings done in Washington and now Congress and the White House are gearing up for a possible vote on articles of impeachment and a trial in the Senate A. B. C.'s Elizabeth her this scheduled public hearings ending Thursday with former top National Security Council official and doctor Fiona hill quoting former national security adviser John Bolton as calling the president's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani a hand grenade who's going to blow everybody up did you understand what he meant by that he was clearly pushing forward issues and ideas that would you know probably come back to haunt us and and fox I think that that's where we are today there are no more witnesses scheduled as of now
Filmmaker Barry Levinson on Ukraine scandal
"We have an email from Oscar winning director and screenwriter. Barry Levinson. Who writes if this hearing was a fictional oh piece of material it would be presented in a totally different manner? One of the democratic players would ask this question. How is it possible? That president trump was looking into corruption in in Ukraine. Suddenly he is crimefighter has the president has has the president ever tried to end corruption anywhere at any time in his his life over the years he's been found guilty of stealing from his own charity. Also the president has been found guilty of running fake university and stealing money from people who believed in him. The president has paid off women because of his sexual aggressive behavior. Now out of the blue. He wants to clean up corruption in Ukraine not Russia where Putin has killed off opposition players poisoning them in far off countries. President trump has no real problem with the Saudi prince. NBS having his butcher's chop up a Washington Post Post reporter not a real problem or turkeys aggression against Kurds not a big problem but the Ukraine is corrupt. That needs to change. Are we supposed to believe this. Donald Trump wants to clean up corruption. Starting with Biden's son. In Ukraine the Democrats have not yet emphasized this absurdity at the center of the Republican defensive. Donald Trump might that moment. Come in the house. Judiciary Committee impeachment hearings or art in the impeachment trial in the United States. Senate we are joined now by one of the jurors in the possible impeachment trial of Donald J trump if he is impeached by the House of Representatives. Senator Amy Klobuchar is a Democrat from Minnesota and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. She is also a candidate for president of the United States. Senator and it's because you're candidate for President United States Florida. I believe you have all you already have the strength but have built up the strength to deal with the kind of frustration. Australian that Barry Levinson is feeling and people all over the country my feeling about this movie person. He knows that truth has become stranger than fiction. I think makes that point. The second thing yesterday member is you can't that long of a question would take your time. The third thing is I think that Adam Schiff I was trying to focus and did a very good job of this on what was in front of him and I think these arguments will be made later but remember this phase of this was gathering offering me evidence from career diplomats career military. I will never forget. Seeing Fiona Hill today I saw snippets of it of course and just her STOIC STOIC nature and the thought of her my favorite story that I read today about her was when she was a little girl in school and some boy behind her set her pigtails on fire and she doused it out with their own hands there. She was and she was focused on what was before her. And that was what Russia did the Ukraine didn't do and I learned from going to Ukraine twice now and once with Senator McCain and Graham I mean Russia tried to influence as as we know in a big way Ukrainian elections they put up a puppet and not only that they invaded their country an annex Crimea so this this thought that it was Ukraine that was the bad actor is absurd and I was really glad that you pointed this out. It's not to say they don't have problems in their country with corruption option but I loved how she explained today that for the president corruption in this case was code word for going after getting dirt on by I they had a different introduction for this segment tonight until I got this email just minutes before the show and what what I thought it captured was the kind of viewer frustration. That there is out. They're in watching this and just to clarify we know that in a courtroom. That wouldn't be admissible if if Donald Trump is on trial for ex. You couldn't bring up all these other things you know that. Art The About his life but this is a different arena. Would we hear something like that said for example in the Judiciary Committee when they're considering impeachment or could that be said that kind of thing be said in the Senate impeachment trial. This is example of evidence because the fact that In this case he was allegedly that corruption crimefighter and when you have other countries and other things that happened including the murder of journalists Jamal Kashogi he showed no care Really absurd relevant. I would think it would be but I think again a lot of this is going to depend pen and what our Republican colleagues do and this is their moment to decide. Are they going to put their country first or not. What would your reaction to Mitt Romney Susan Collins and others having lunch with the president today it disappoints me It's legal or anything like that. I could see if they were going over there on a major issue. That of course would be fine but instead this is what's happening and I just hope that they listened to the evidence and that they remember what this is really about. It's putting private interest partisan interests in front of our
Fiona Hill warns of "fictional narrative" on Ukraine in testimony
"Former White House national security adviser Fiona hills is the contention from some Republicans Ukraine interfered in the twenty sixteen election is fictional during house testimony and president trump's impeachment probe she warned lawmakers not to advance a politically motivated narrative helpful to Russia as they defend trump hill who stress she's non partisans of Russia and its proxies of geared up for twenty twenty election
Impeachment hearing takeaways: A ‘domestic political errand’
"Dr Fiona hill is an expert on Russia who served on the president's National Security Council she expressed disapproval about the trump administration was pushing Ukraine's new president and she urged lawmakers to stop saying that you crane might have been meddling in the U. S. selection of twenty sixteen but if used to be part of an effort to legitimize an alternate narrative the Ukrainian government is a U. S. address three of the Ukraine not Russia talked in twenty sixteen president trump has been part of that narrative she warns that Russia is currently working to interfere in the twenty twenty election and that's where Washington spoke it should be we must not let domestic politics stop us from defending ourselves against the foreign powers who truly wishes harm Jackie Quinn Washington
What is the 'fictional narrative' a White House ex-adviser warns against?
"Hill a former White House advisor and David Holmes Current. US diplomat or the latest and possibly final witnesses to testify publicly in the impeachment inquiry and they gave different views of US policy efforts in Ukraine. Joining me now. From Washington with more details as Wall Street Journal reporter Chaban Hughes Assoc Yvonne in her opening statement Fiona Hill warned lawmakers against what she called a fictional narrative or alternative narrative. She was referencing a theory. That Ukraine had interfered feared in the two thousand sixteen. US elections something. President trump had wanted Kiev to investigate. Can you explain more about this theory. And what hill had to say about it. Well there earned multiple prongs to the theory. There's not any single incident that Republicans use when an advancing this theory but among them is the fact that our one time investigative journalist who was later in the Ukrainian legislature publicize something called the Black Ledger which purported to show some large payments made to a number breath people by a pro Russian president including Paul Manafort the fact of that disclosure. They say helped take out a trump campaign official another piece of evidence. Republican side is an OP. Ed Written Twenty Sixteen by Ukraine's ambassador and which he questioned some of Mr Trump's remarks about Russia and Crimea missile. An Mr Holmes had explanations for all of those they said that in no way did it amount to the sort of top down directed propaganda campaign that Russia had engaged in and Ms Hill in particular really said that the narrative about Ukrainian interference was damaging that absolutely absolutely set Republicans off. They were very sensitive. They said it was unfair to accuse them of having undermined the Russian meddling idea that really is backed up by the entire. US Intelligence Community and Democrats stamp down on that and said Republicans absolutely had been part of undermining the theory about Russian Russian interference in the US elections. So how about David. Holmes did any of his testimony aligned with hills and in what ways did it differ so Mr Holmes and Fiona Hill are coming from two different vantage points David. Holmes is in Ukraine at the embassy. He's a political adviser paying attention to Ukrainian politics. Tech's Ms Hill is in Washington at the National Security Council trying to coordinate a whole bunch of agencies to come together around a focused Ukraine policy so the each present different sides of the picture Mr Holmes in particular could describe overhearing that conversation between President Trump and Dan. US Ambassador to the European Union. Gordon Sandra and which a day after that July twenty fifth phone call Mr Trump asks about the investigations and Gordon. Zong indicates that Ukraine's Presidents Alinsky is fully on board. That was a big one for him. Fiona Hill walked us through really some of the highlights of her closed-door door deposition that day on that she blew up at Gordon. sunlen asking him. Who gave you control of the Ukraine portfolio and Gordon? sunlen comes back doc and says the president did Fiona Hill testifying. She realizes she was quite rude. But that Gordon Zone response had infect shut her up and today we heard I heard Ms Hill. Say in fact. In retrospect I think that Gordon Sunland was right and even though I was angry with him for not looping me into meetings I see he now why he did that. We were on different missions. His instructions had come from the president and mine were of a totally different nature. His was political and about a domestic mystic matter. Mine was about our national security
"fiona hill" Discussed on KTRH
"Fiona hill a former National Security Council director in the trump administration has also warned lawmakers not to advance which she calls a fictional narrative the Ukraine interfered in the twenty sixteen US election David Holmes an embassy official in Ukraine is recalled the phone call he over heard between president trump in the ambassador to the E. U. about investigations on Capitol Hill Jared how burn fox news shares county taken on insulin manufacturers and insurance pharmacy benefit managers claiming county employees their families in jail inmates have been built out of tens of millions of dollars by price gouging Harris County attorney Vince Ryan's leading the lawsuit claimed twenty seven and a half million in damages but lead attorney Peggy block says that's just a starting point that it the card by a since two thousand and thirteen and as we develop this case further I'm sure we're going to be able to find there's been tens of millions of additional dollars that we've been doubts and and would like to recover for similar lawsuits pending nationwide and Ryan says that's why Harris County wanted to jump in early on the legal settlements in twenty twelve insulin average two hundred and thirty four dollars a month it has doubled now to more than four hundred and fifty a month Nikki Courtney newsradio seven forty K. T. R. H. K. T. resumes time to three Google is making some changes to its political advertising policy the tech giant announced its limiting election ads audience targeting two categories such as gender age and postal code location the company will also be inspecting as for any false claims Google's announcement comes after two very different ones from social media platforms Facebook says he doesn't plan to fact check ads from politicians while Twitter decided to ban political ads all together that's Brian shook Amnesty International says surveillance of billions of people by Facebook and Google threatens human rights and free expression in a new report released Wednesday the human rights organization says the tech giant's need to change their business model and stop relying on people's information the report says Google controls ninety percent of worldwide search engine usage and one third of everyone on earth uses a Facebook own service every day Amnesty International says billions of people have no real choice other than accessing the internet on terms dictated by Facebook and Google as NBC's John Kline what happens to letters sent to Santa from kids across the country the postal service's operations center makes it possible for people to adopt the letters that end up at the post office and respond with notes from Santa and gifts for the kids it all started in nineteen twelve when the Postmaster General authorize local postal employees to respond to those letters right now the Dow is down just third team that aspect down ten SNP five hundred down one oil at fifty eight sixty three our next updated two thirty now the Sean Hannity show star Conor news for your sudden forty Casey R. H. Katie our rates.
"fiona hill" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA
"Back to the archives the groove Jana forgotten hits Marvin Gaye what's going on nineteen seven day from the bumper rotation he read network all of these witnesses every every one of these witnesses who have come forward to have had to admit and they've done sold very grudgingly trump's policy of sending weapons to Ukraine has work and that it was more effective than Obama's policy which did not hide defensive assistance to the Ukrainians and resulted in the Russians annexing one third of that country Crimea Fiona hill writer op ed back in two thousand fifteen arguing against the a they're all on the same page level and bomb the wanted is what only second hand signed on for whatever what Baba wanted they agreed with nobody was going to box Obama nobody gonna go against what I believe bomber wanted mama was you can type with pope Obama did not want to upset put Obama did not want to upset the Iranians this is all part of the context the trunk discovers when he's elected president which are gonna get back to in a minute I'm going to bang the indulgence of those of you who heard it yesterday we have people tuning in in droves new audience every day and I need to go through this again because it is the easiest way to understand every bit of this M. as commonsensical a fashion as possible but I want to play one the sound bite I'm sorry sound bites from Fiona hill and this is from her opening statement today right away I was rushing to go to Cambridge or Oxford she went to Harvard and the Kennedy School she's a Brookings Institution radical left wing think tank in in Washington this just a portion of our opening state I'm appearing today as a fact witness I take great pride in the fact that I'm a known policies on foreign policy experts it was served under three Republican and democratic presidents some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country and that pops somehow for some reason Ukraine days this is a fictional narrative that is being perpetrated in propagated by the Russian security services themselves but if used to be part of an effort to legitimize an alternate narrative the Ukrainian government is a U. S. address three of the Ukraine not Russia talked as in twenty sixteen these functions are harmful during the days of fox I take pride in Zurich.
"fiona hill" Discussed on KCRW
"Is that you know Fiona hill argues that it was Russia that interfered in the U. S. presidential election the U. S. intelligence community confirm that but she said that she's been hearing some statements and questions from this committee that are suggesting that some people are buying into this false narrative about rushes about Ukraine's role in the Medellin and U. S. elections she calls that a fictional narrative that's been perpetuated and propagated by the Russian security services okay so some very strong words from her on the Ukraine conspiracy theories Michelle I know you've done some deep dive reporting on Fiona hill she's an interesting person they tell us a little bit about who she is and what kinds of questions lawmakers will have for her today well she comes from a coal mining town in north east England so you'll hear that pretty quickly and of her very heavy accent she started studying Russian in the nineteen eighties at university and then came here to the United States and got her PhD at Harvard chili became a citizen she says in her testimony in in two thousand two but you know it she is a strong critic of lad Amir Putin she's written books about him and there were a lot of people who are kind of surprise when she joined this administration because president trump often praise Putin even as as a candidate he was praising Putin she says that she won it she's not an alarmist but she's a realist that she does want to stabilize this relationship with Russia but that you need to push back at Russia for doing things like meddling in US elections and what it's doing in Ukraine and backed in you've been doing some deep dive report reporting on David homes now his name came up yesterday in the hearing with US ambassador to the E. U. Gordon Sunland home says he over heard a phone call between Sunland and president trump is a phone call at now a lot of people are talking about walk us through what happens there so this phone call takes place at a Ukrainian restaurant on July twenty six all homes was not on the call but he says he overhears the conversation between the U. investor Gordon someone and president trump where is the subject of investigations was discussed after after the phone call indeed whole says that he asked investor someone Hey what's your take on president trump and his his dealings with Ukraine and then someone says according to homes at the present only cares about big stuff the benefits the president like the bite an investigation now something yesterday push back and said he never mentioned the bidens in here's a clip from my yesterday and you have no doubt no reason to doubt Mister Holmes recounting of your conversation with the president the only part of Mister Holmes recounting that I take exception with as I do not recall mentioning the bidens that did not enter my mind it was for Riesman two thousand sixteen election your no reason to believe the Mister Holmes would make that up if that's what he recalls you're saying you have there is the question that do you I I don't recall saying bye I never recall saying bye so look for lawmakers to push hold on his memory no foreign service officers are by nature professional note takers and someone said he is not a note taker he does not do that so look for lawmakers to see if if homes can actually piece together how he remembered all this taking place because as he said in his deposition he can actually take notes at this restaurant when the phone call was taking place okay I just wanna know what we're seeing on television now Fiona hill and David homes have arrived many of the members of the committee are in their seats there of course lots of cameras you do have to wonder what these folks are thinking about after a long day of many many hours of testimony David Holmes today's witness one of today's witnesses holding his head high with a faint smile on his face next to him Fiona hill rather a more a grave look miss hill is probably we could identify her as the leading witness today what we expect lawmakers to have more questions for her than for Mr Holmes Mara both Helen homes have given closed door testimony to this committee just quickly what will you be watching from them today of course I'll be watching for homes to paint a picture of this very dramatic scene in the Ukrainian restaurant in Kiev where he overheard this conversation first hand he heard the president's voice talking about investigations and also I'll be listening for Fiona hill to tell anything she knows about John Bolton's role in this whole episode okay former national security.