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"fiona hill" Discussed on The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg
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"fiona hill" Discussed on The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg
"But the people that we select political office be that as governor as a congressman senators president elect by Avatars we forget that we have a role to play all of us. We can do something. Our community can do something at the local government level at the state level. We can serve our fellow citizens by volunteering, and we can also have multiple. Discussions with everybody I mean brookings has a public facing role to play. I've a lot of bread. Colleagues who doing amazing research and all the different issues that are troubling United States today. On economic issues, social issues, political issues and foreign policy what we can explain to people without the politics involved without the partisan politics involved with the issues on how we deal with them. I mean these are high stakes issues and we need to have the best possible information available to make decisions and everybody has to be part of that discussion. There are people across America. Whose family members serving the country. And after nine eleven, I wanted to serve in some way as well when I worked in the National Security Council and what was amazing group of people, men and women. who had volunteered to serve after nine eleven? I served with many people are peple hawks who had been injured in Afghanistan and in Iraq and people who had earlier gone to the Balkans and peacekeeping missions, just amazing men and women from all kinds of backgrounds in the United States many from backgrounds like my own. That is what really makes America great and what Weiner kind of is the the service spirit in America, people from all parts of the country they know the the public seven I went with a not some kind of exclusive cast of people up some kind of class element in this there from all over the United States. And it was a really rich expensive as the best professional experience I've ever had serving with them. In the national, Security Council as well as before in the National Intelligence Council. I, think you know people across America need to know that we all have agency. We all have an ability to do something. We ability to give something back to the country. We're all in this together. Together. It's the United States of America. We shouldn't be divided against each other, and that's what I learned. And that's why I want to come back now and be in a more public role. It doesn't out service at some point again, but now, but to your point Fiona that there are so many ways serve the way. I asked the question I think I had asked. imprudently and in the narrow way. But you're quite right. You can serve in your community. You can serve an your place of worship. You can serve in your school. You can.
"fiona hill" Discussed on The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg
"When he seeks re-election as president again in two thousand and two thousand twelve. He's convinced that the United States was behind these protests, because the paranoia of the Soviet system, which of caused wasn't baseless back in the day during the cold wall is the belief that everything in his orchestrated by external enemies and that the United States, Adam played a role in whipping up these protests like in Hudson in the past. On Putin is of the mind that because he hasn't been in a unable to Earth. US plots doesn't mean that they don't exist. His guys haven't tried hard enough to find them. An Putin's becomes convinced in this time period that we've been out to get him that we don't want him to return as president certainly true that there was a lot of backlash in the West and elsewhere, when he returns to becoming President of stepped away for a period of time, and a lot of preference expressed for the continuation of the presidency of Dmitry Medvedev had been seen as a warmer. Warmer Fuzzy Kinda version of Putin, and this was the period of the reset and the Obama Administration and hope for putting the Russian relationships on a different subject so sometime after returning to office, Twenty, twelve, two, thousand, thirteen, who makes a decision to see if he can get payback against the United States and his intelligence services on some along this continuum, the opportunity given the mounting polarization and politics. To do something similar to what they've done and other countries in terms of trying to interfere an influence elections in the neighborhood in eastern. Europe has done in the past, and in the former Soviet republics, Georgia Ukraine and elsewhere in the United States. All politics have become over time so partisan so polarized away of basically drawing on a lot of the divisions and inconsistencies in inequalities in US political system. And the rise of social media gives them an opportunity to do things that they're never really been able to do before. So what we see, is it? The Russians launching in Powell to this attempts to interfere in some way an actual electrical systems massive. I mean massive. It's because of the amplification effect of social media influence operation, doing many of the same things they ever did during the Soviet period and pointing out racial disparities gender identity was that they did all of this in the past, but really kind of coming up with fake US personas sending out information that's created by us, political action committees opposition research all. All by our own conspiracy theories I'm buying this and sending it out using the Russia today are t sputnik radio, but a whole host of our social media platforms to really try to influence the US public opinion and ways of either discouraging people about the legitimacy of the electoral system, discouraging them for voting unto de-legitimize the whole election process leading up to the. Presidential election I mean my view and the view of many of my colleagues I work within their intelligence community over the they wanted to actually discredit the whole system because pop. This is kind of paying back for all the questions about the legitimacy of Putin's return to the presidency for all the protests, and for all of the the Russian public opinion that Kinda showed that they were themselves questioning the legitimacy, the.
"fiona hill" Discussed on The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg
"Is part of the intelligence community and reports to the director of national. Intelligence National Security. Council is part of the executive office of the president. But I imagine and hope you'll tell me one way or the other. Whether I'm right that you still are in are non partisan role. Meaning your analysis, your intelligence and your recommendations are delivered to policymakers in the nonpartisan fashion that setting the intent of the national. Security Council I mean Security Council is set up separately from the staff of the White House reside in. In the West, wing and many people who've come onto the national, security, council, if the director level are detail lease from the various agencies, so in the directorates presided over. There is the senior director I had another fellow senior director for the first So that I was there? We had details from the State Department from the Pentagon. from the intelligence agencies from the Department of Treasury for example and other directorates might be people from the Coast Guard Commerce Department Department of energy all over the different parts of the the US government and The vice president's staff is also kind of located in another of the national. Security Council buildings as well, and he has a separate smaller staff doing similar things. I was actually technically a political appointee, but I was appointed on the basis of my professional expertise, and there were a number of other. Similar people are appointees. Some people had been on the campaign. Some people had come out of the permanent operettas, self, the Republican, Party, or that come from over on Capitol Hill from the the staffs of Congressmen or senators. For example, it's a different mixture of people from different mix of backgrounds, nevertheless as you said, the intent was to provide non partisan advice, policymakers yeah I think the advice. has to be informed by the policy and obviously by the politics of the President No. No matter who it is National Security Council staff work. All the president and their role is to give the president the best possible policy advice I mean. Stand up to the president and his most senior staff, the national security advisor all the cabinet members to then devise that policy, and then it search for the National Security Council staff to then oversee on to help coordinate the intention of the policy decisions that they make, but I think that most of the people who were in the national. National, Security Council, see their role as providing the best possible advice based on a combination of the intelligence assessments and analysis that they're getting from the intelligence community filtered, either through the National Intelligence Council all the CIA or the agencies directly, and then from the policy advice from the in a relatively senior levels of the assistant secretaries from the various departments and agencies who are working on this twenty, four seven on the various issues, and then gets filtered up to deputy secretaries, and then from some. Some to the sex reason onto the president ten, so the National Security Council also helps to provide all of the materials for the deputies meetings, and then for the.
"fiona hill" Discussed on The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg
"Believe the first time at the National Intelligence Council. Under President George Bush and later under President Barack. Obama, Tell us little bit about that. What the National Intelligence Council is and what you did there well the national. Counselors the coordinating body for all of the analysis that is produced by the intelligence agencies in the United States it's. In. Some respects also a bit of a kind of an inhouse think-tank, it produces all of the national intelligence assessments, and some of the long range forecasting a report, the US government does like global trends, and it also convenes workshops for government agencies, bringing in outside experts, and as briefings for principals for senior officials. The National Intelligence Council has been in existence for quite a long time, but it was. Was folded into the director of National Intelligence in the reforms that came after nine eleven and you know to try to really increase coordination among the agencies after the nine eleven report came out, and then you know especially also after the mistakes that were made in the lead up to the war in Iraq about Iraq weapons of mass destruction. The was designed to shake up the intelligence. Community even further on the analytical parts of this, and to try to actually bring more people in from the outside like myself who were nonpartisan experts, but he would bring a sort of a fresh perspective to the Russian Intelligence Council so as I got joined. I succeeded. Another actually originally British Professor Angela stent I George Georgetown, who done a two year leave of absence from Georgetown to do this, and was also kind of brought in as the intelligence office of Russia and Eurasia, this part of this kind of shakeup, and I succeeded her and came in on loan from the Brookings Institution for a maximum of a four year period, but I actually did three and a half years there which took me from the end of the presidency of. Of George W Bush to essentially the first year of Brock Obama's presidency, the whole idea behind the analysis that you and your colleagues did at the National Intelligence Council is to provide the president and national security decision makers with nonpartisan unvarnished intelligence and analysis. This has nothing to do with politics is a fair statement. That's absolutely correct. Yes, why is that so important extremely important because what we'd experienced after nine eleven, and then after two thousand and three with decision to in. The United States to invade Iraq. was that a lot of our perceptions? Judgments and conclusions had been distorted by either a lack of coordination during nine eleven, and sometimes misreading of some of the analysis, because people were not able to put it into a context overall context, they might have had some data points warning signs some blinking red, in many cases about an impending attack, but they didn't have. The overall context was lots of fights between the different agencies turf battles essentially about information and this was intended to. Overcome those obstacles and to get closer and tighter coordination, information sharing, and then on the other hand in the case of Iraq, though was kind of a more of a distortion of.
"fiona hill" Discussed on The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg
"A few short years later. You became a US citizen I wanted to ask you about that. How did you make that decision? A lot of it to do with the opportunities that the US gave me I'm really impressed by how Harvard really sought out to. Have a diverse student body, but the in the case of Harvard's recruitment of me. The the scholarship program that were very conscious in the fact, that I came from a poor socioeconomic background and made every effort. When I saw when I was, there have some time to reach out to all kinds of different students to actually to tell people that scholarships are available, and to really try to scar mix up the the student body, and there was a lot of support there, too, though a different periods where Harvard didn't do such a great job. They've always tried to kind of reform that to give students walk. Benny, to to finish I mean there was a period when I was there in the ninety s when that wasn't the case, but the did address thus after series of of problems in the the graduate school now they have the funding available. I'm actually on the graduate school. Alumni Association now, too. Because I want to help, give back because they always help. People find funding as well so part of that was kind of really I. Thought to myself. Gosh, these guys give me so much opportunity here and I really become committed to the United States onto starts foreign policy I also married my earlier boyfriend. We had a very long relationship before we did get married lady. Created a different perspective. He wasn't too thrilled on the idea of moving to the UK variety of different reasons. I really felt that. I could do something productive in the United States to give back. On that need a real impetus to want to serve the US. Government came with nine eleven like everybody else. I was deeply affected by that I. knew people who died Omni of close friends I had a friend who went to absolute horace on the phone with me, just started a new job in New York Dan. I was on the phone with him when everything was happening, and they managed to escape from a hobby. It was very deeply traumatic for everyone. I feel very traumatic as well because I don't need. Just really start working brookings then, and was kind of in real time watching everything and seeing the smoke coming out from the Pentagon knowing people in the Pentagon. Just of a dreadful experience for deep trauma for the country grown up in the UK during the troubles with island and bombing attacks and Very complex situation oversee. Three that was for me a turning point why I wanted to serve the government and becoming a citizen, very important I wanted to do something and a lot of people served into the military I. Mean I guess I wasn't reading option for me, but I wanted to do something. Find a way that I can serve. Where and when will you naturalized? I actually was naturalized in Baltimore two thousand and two. I already moved down to the DC area that point, and so I was a resident Maryland in my an actualization was in one of the big county. of municipal buildings in Baltimore wasn't particularly attractive site, but it was very moving with.
"fiona hill" Discussed on The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg
"It's one of these Thompson counters and again somebody else who's willing to help you out? You spent a number of years at Harvard. Getting both a master's degree and a Ph D. and concentrating your studies on history and on Eurasia and Russia answer the geopolitical climate of that part of the world. Did you like your time? There I did it was an amazing time to be there. Chuck Game I mean timing is often everything in life as we all know and I arrived the in the fall of one, thousand, thousand nine, and he weeks in the Berlin. Wall came down, so this was just everything was happening in real time I feel like I mean. All of us were always living history. At all times in Histories, the stories we tell about ourselves and the stories we tell it to ourselves by all the things that have happened and some periods seems a little slow at the time. It seems to be accelerated I went to university. I am one thousand, nine, hundred, four again, pretty critical time with a walker while we look like we might end up in a nuclear confrontation with the Soviet Union go to Santa Andrews Nine, hundred, thousand, nine having. Having just been in the Soviet Union. Eighty seventy eight were Gorbachev and Reagan's seemed to settle the arms race in nineteen, ninety nine. It's the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union and the end of the old block, so my studies I. my master's degree spun from the end of the Berlin Wall to just before the fall of the Soviet Union and it's really that process of actually gaining a masters degree in Soviet studies which is obsolete by. Much of that makes you then decide to study history? I got a job actually on campus. Some and again I always have to find jobs, but in this was possible with my. Student Visa with Professor Graham Allison at the Kennedy School, who was in the process of working on technical assistance projects with Soviet. Counterparts the so called grand bargain, while he and a group of economists trying to figure out how to help the Soviet Union then let Russia with its transformation, and talking about a kind of Marshall Plan for the Soviet Union that might help it. It put it on a different to check -Tory so I get this kind of job festival just translating for them based on the time that is spent in Soviet Union Russia really perfecting I- Russian language skills, and it's Kinda through that that I decided to then also do a PhD at Harvard in history, but keep on working for grandma allison during this period because i. Couldn't afford not to. It was feel grunts available once I got to the US I was a foreign student. I was on valuable to apply for grants back in the UK. Not being a US citizen. There were limited opportunities so I did a lot of this work at the Kennedy School same time that I then studied to do the PhD in the small world. Department Fiona Graham Allison was also one of my professors when I was at Harvard although I.
"fiona hill" Discussed on The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg
"The programs available here for united. United States students as well who was studying languages soliciting do a study abroad for Semester Afria. And this was the only year long program and It was an exchange program. It was really fit for period because again. It's a bit of luck because it's. We went out there in September, nineteen, ninety seven, just before the IMF treaty was signed in the middle of the Gorbachev Reagan symmetry, the peak of power striker. It was an amazing time to be there until the ended up period was the famous Gorbachev Reagan Summit in Moscow where Reagan and Nancy came to Moscow the to their walkabout in Red Square. Ronald Reagan gave his famous address at Moscow. State University and all of the major US TV stations came to do the news programs from Moscow and they were looking for anybody who could speak English really so every English speaking students applied to an got frankly mean even if we cook accents like mine to be stringers for all of the the the. The different programs and I I was assigned to NBC News and I did all kinds of strange things from Sprang Tom broncos hair to suffer from blowing around in the top of the Rossiya hotel overlooking the REC- hotels, they're awesome famous spot because it just overlooks the Kremlin to be filmed from as he was doing the nightly news and Davis Pretty Windy. With my hairspray, the whole time and also liaising. Russian with the camera crews because they took all these Russian camera crews as well got to take camera crews around Red Square during the famous walkabout to Moscow State University in some of these human interest stories, covering kids playing baseball, and it was a lot of fun. Maybe was also a pretty intense with are just the entire time had to go and see on the fall the Rossiya and I was at one point, asked to go and make some coffee for Maria Shriver and one of the rooms and. Be From the UK at that time, coffee was pretty disgusting fair in the north of England and university I don't think ever made anything more than s cafe I had never been confronted, befall by drip, coffee and coffee, percolator and I stood mesmerized by this device in front of me thought. What do I do with this? I was standing there, trying to figure out how it works pressing buttons, and when you put, the water is ridiculous and it'd be much happier. Happier if the dust me to make a cup of tea or something, and then this professor came in and I bought this point I'm making a mess and said to me. What are you doing? Help and I explained. I was a stupid idiot in a pretty student who'd never been confronted by coffeemaker before, and I wasn't really sure where everything went because as soon as he showed me I felt like even a bigger idiot because it was so obvious, but Tutton and Having this conversation with me. He asked me what am I doing? Where am I from? What am I thinking of doing in the future and didn't really know and this was so exciting being here and I've never been to America. Mr Soft Fascinating. All of these insights had an uncle who had immigrated night's distant relatives, but does wanted to go, and he said well. Well you must the scholarships, and so of course I- brightened up I saw. How do I how do I find out about them? And he told me to go first to the British embassy to talk to the cultural attache there, and then to check with the cultural section of the US embassy, and when I asked the cultural attache at the British embassy. Who was? Supervising, our program, it turned out. He had had a scholarship to Harvard same scholarship that I ended up on doing the same masters program at the then Russian research, and he said he would help me apply so again..
"fiona hill" Discussed on The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg
"All kinds of family connections with US disincentives relatives who would move and then when he was growing up, and it was a bit of a bleak time in the nineteen thirties and nineteen forties, but one of the small towns village on the outskirts of cruch and county Durham had a pretty good cinema and you know they're showed Saturday matinees and cheaper juice rates for the low kids to go, and and my dad would spend every opportunity possibly. Possibly, could going and seeing these Saturday matinees, all kinds of Hollywood, movies and he also, when he was doing well down the minds I mean there was a whole period in the nineteen fifties when the minds were booming, dad was able to do lots of extra work and made actually a pretty good living, and he saved up all of his money, and he would spend his money on American jazz records Johnson Blues and they have this fantastic collection, and we were never allowed to touch them as kids, but we're allowed to listen to them with him and took the records because we have fingerprints all over the Mall Brooke an Array of everything from all kind of wind up. Gramophone to lead on his stereo that he'd he'd saved up. To buy and he was just really steeped in American popular culture I mean I spent so much time when later we didn't have a television for the longest time, but when we did mood binge-watch old Hollywood movies with my dad, and he was just so America's just pity me of everything a country should be, and he loved American history the civil war he read all about native American culture, so into the whole family was always a conversation about America and going to America. America's stood for and. And the role American played in world, War One and World War Two. Did your parents ever get a chance to visit is soon at some point while you were living here. They probably did the did I. mean the first time that they came, which was really wonderful, was graduation from Harvard for my master's degree, and at that point, I wasn't sure. I was going to stay and we basically rented an RV and my boyfriend at the time later became. My husband very currently volunteered to drive. And it was radio of a fabulous trip. Fortunately, my parents around long enough for them to be able to come back a few more times. I mean I paid for them to come back each time. It was kind of you know they wouldn't have been able to afford to come, but my dad was just thrilled, and we managed to go before he passed away to a lot of the places that he'd always wanted to see. We drove out to South Dakota to see a Dakota. Sioux lands because he'd read. Read so much about wounded knee and all the tragedies that happened there. We went down the Grand Canyon and went to the Navajo territory, and along the border between the US and Mexico I'm humor and all these places. And then we went to Hollywood because it's not quite on what everyone imagine I think. My Dad was a bit disappointed because he had nineteen fifties Hollywood and his mind, and that's just say one thousand, nine hundred. Hollywood wasn't quite the same. It was still just completely thrilled to be there. And your then boyfriend now husband drove the RV the whole. It's a miracle that we all survived..
"fiona hill" Discussed on The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg
"A highly respected expert on Russia and Eurasia and a former senior director on the National Security Council under president trump. Theon was born and raised in Bishop Auckland in County Durham in the industrial northeast of England. She comes from a long line of coalminers, uncles, cousins families like hers that constantly struggled with poverty. The Father Alfred joined his own brother in the coal mines at the age of fourteen. Her mother June who still lives in Bishop Auckland was a midwife, and though money was tight, Fiona up in a loving and supportive family that strongly embraced her desire to go to college, and ultimately to immigrate to the United States a country that her father loved and admired and hope one day might be his own home. Guided by a series of dedicated mentors and Teachers Fiona graduated from the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland and then earned her PhD at Harvard. Along that journey, she studied Russian history and culture, and became fluent in its language in two thousand and two Fiona became a naturalized citizen of the United States, a country that gave her opportunities that she would not have enjoyed in the UK where she believes her working class accent and getting would have held her back. Fiona served at the highest levels within the US government on both the National Intelligence Council under presidents. Bush, and Obama and ultimately on the National Security Council under president trump. Fiona is a brilliant scholar and her personal story is inspirational and compelling. Fiona, Hill welcome to the oath. Thank you so much, check well. Thank you for spending some time with us. It's a real honor to have you on the show. You grew up in northeast England. Tell us a little bit about that and your family as well. Yes, Chuck, I grew up in. In a small town called Bishop Auckland, which is a region call county Durham in the North East of England it started off life as a rural market town, but during the industrial revolution in the nineteenth century, the town grew because of an influx of workers, coming into coal, mines and ironworks, and there was a place to make a wagons close by for the red. And then over time the town fell on. It's slow. Money players as many small industrial towns in these rural urban communities like you see across the United States. All of the industry's really started to close down in the nineteen fifties and nineteen sixties, so by the time I came along, I was born in Nineteen, sixty five. The town was in pretty major decline and most of the time that I was growing up the behind employment and order the retail outlets, the stalls closing down in the main street. I mean the kind of things that we've seen in recent decades in the united. States, I, think anybody coming from. From these old industrial centers across the Midwest Star in the northeast of The US would find the town quite familiar, plus that once very proud, industrial history, and some actually fairly well known people, even in the United States who came from other region, but then very much down. It's when I was growing up. And your father was a coal miner, as were many of your uncles and cousins. Many of the men in your extended family worked in the coal mines. That's right. My great grandfather was the first to went to work in the mines and. And then all of his children, and you know the extended family from then on saw first generation. who wasn't how about your mom would do? My mom was a midwife..
"fiona hill" Discussed on Target USA Podcast by WTOP
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"fiona hill" Discussed on The Brookings Cafeteria
"Gabrieli twenty seventeen and then offered the position it was also to manage all of the interagency policy for Russia and all of Europe so it was very much related to the work that I've been doing all of this long periods of time both in the government and then at Brookings and frankly the people who approach me with people that I worked with and the National Intelligence Community including General Flynn another who had Known me from that context so with again based on my known talkies on subject expertise not on any political connections that. I had all did not have so. I really felt that given my previous stints in government including some of the people who are now stepping up to join the administration on the issues that I knew so well from up here. And then from my time at bookings on the information that I already knew about what Russia and tried to do in twenty. Sixteen in the confrontational nature of the relationship. That as a result about that I ought to do something we needed to stabilize the US. Russia relationship to we're heading for what could be Literally Explosive Conference. It'd be a great deal of concern in the community. This is the Russia of watching community in the period of twenty thirteen. Twenty fifteen twenty sixteen as Russia successively onyx Crimea with the shooting down to the Malaysian airlines was born in dumb buff and was Russia's incursion intervention in Syria undergraduate of concern. Best on Russian exercises in Europe that the Russians had the potential to pick a localized conflict with Ukraine all neighboring Belarus the Baltics that uneven escalate dot com to a low grade tactical nuclear exchange. This was something that was being talked about in rushing circles and that we were in a seeing from afar and getting increasing. Come send about. But the relationship was on a trajectory that was very reminiscent of the nineteen sixties and nineteen eighties where we had the Cuban missile crisis the nineteen sixties led to all of our big arms control agreements and Reagan and Gorbachev summits so the feeling that something needs to be done. But if we headed in this direction we are heading towards a confrontation and we have to do something to offer. So I really felt a sense of responsibility and duty under though. It was a difficult decision given the toxic nick of all politics. I really felt that it was something where people needed to pull together. There was sufficient have colleagues from previous positions. Who were there in the government under though obviously. I was extraordinarily mindful of the politics. I felt that there was nothing other than Dr Decision to make to step up into. Join the administration. I thought it was the right thing to do at the time and I still think not to everything that has come spied since then including most recently the congressional testimony that this was the correct decision based on all the information that I at the time. Well I think several of the points that you've made just now really speak well not just to your expertise but also to your sense of duty and this is what is at the heart of this entire conversation about public service for the listeners. Who Don't fully appreciate the term that feeling a used having been a national intelligence officer. It's one of the most important positions within our intelligence community. They are typically oriented on a geographic area or on a functional topic and four Fiona who she described herself initially who was an immigrant to come to the United States and to be given that extraordinary responsibility and the trust of the Republic to be a national intelligence officer and then later to be invited to join the National Security Council to help us to find our way through this difficult moment in our relationship with Russia. Just used the term moment ago. We'd be almost impossible to overstate. How important is the trust that this country has placed in Fiona as leader as a public servant and as an individual who can assist this government with our relationship with one of the most problematic states with which we're dealing today and to help us find our way to a productive relationship ultimately with the Russians? Now let me shift just a bit to the nature of the relationship itself and to the leader of Russia Vladimir. Who's and you have in the context of populism. You've occasionally described him as the original. Populist populism has obviously had a big moment over the last several years in Europe and of course in the United States and elsewhere and it seems to be on a collision course in many respects with our concepts of democracy but given your own work on Russia and your own experience growing up in the British coal country and perhaps knowing. Some of the politics firsthand. You know I imagine that you have a unique take on this. And and what do you see as being at the roots of today's populism it's so widespread and in some respects seems to be gaining momentum. Do you see it as a local reaction with local roots or something that characters like Putin has stoked and helped to engender internationally to the detriment of democracy as we know it. Well you know John. This is extremely interesting issue. Because of course everything is generated at the local level in terms of people's experiences and perceptions every local issue has its own peculiarities and things distinguish it from others but there are so many parallels between what's been happening in Russia the United States the United Kingdom and across Europe. They are was dwelling on for a moment all politics with some exceptions in the European context. But if you look at the major countries Germany. Uk Italy Spain. We can see degrees of polarization All of them rooted and rapidly changing societies and economies in particular rising income inequality and people having identity crises people sitting. They've been left behind in so many places outside of the major cities on many countries facing in the same socioeconomic factors that are driving these sports x. We've seen the yellow vest movement in front. People have protested attempts by the central government and president McCone to change the tax system to change pensions To tackle many of the fiscal issues that says being besetting European countries. They tried to kind of get a grip of rapidly. Ageing societies and all the strands about putting on all the public services not. We've seen the breakdown. In so many countries including our own the traditional posse Sunday state subsidies democratic and Republican parties of big ten parties. We ONLY HAVE TWO PARTIES. And we've never really spawned officer in Europe. Those bigger policies in two party systems have broken down seeing much more coalition politics and equally strange bedfellows getting together in the political coalitions. We're seeing in Israel which is multiple attempts now to try to form a government. Italy notorious for cycling through prime ministers and different coalitions. 'cause like Belgium that you know government fears and end. There's only a few places in the Scandinavian and other countries where there's been much more of a political stability in Britain on Brexit A lot of problems that are local to Britain itself at the community level outside of London question the value of the country from London itself and some of the politics and Westminster in parliament the blending poten on bustles in the European Union and seeing the determination to break away the on so many of the political figures that have emerged in this context of dislocation growing inequality and identity crisis have had the style this populist celebrity style coming up with Funky of all the simple solutions often identity Stole slogan best to address the very complex problems and a lot of blame and grievance being expressed onto outsiders immigrant other political forces all of these contexts and Putin was way ahead of the game. They're really must of Europe on the United States are experiencing always must've justification that Russia itself faced in the nineteen nineties. Russia had a major collapse tops. It says the Soviet Union when the system that underpin the US as was proven to be extremely lucking as a result of over-extension economic mismanagement. And then the rest that we saw in the nineteen eighties and Russia decision to invade Afghanistan. And somebody problems that the Soviet system not addressed and so in the nineteen ninety s Russia. Went into a kind of full must've identity crisis. Not what I'm glad. The country was heading people out of work. Huge closing of the large manufacturing and defense sector plants people being forced to improvising. We remember so many stories. I mean those people who might remember this in the nineteen ninety dollars. Starvation cities food systems closed But also engineers nuclear engineers being forced to become taxi drivers or opening up kiosks selling cigarettes and all kinds of things because the jobs disappeared on them on Putin emerges. After ten years of this dislocation in two thousand a successive to Boris Yeltsin and immediately starts to try to talk these issues and adopts to the skills learned is the KGB. Being something to everybody he was a case officer and a recruiter of salt so various intelligence acids and he was used presenting himself to people something that they wanted to be. A person who people could project all kinds of things onto. I'm putting the tree taken this time. Survive the you know almost comical extremes of being you know everything from rescuing drive a deep sea diver nightclub Kroon of playing the piano for Charity Events James Bond figure horseback riding all to appeal to different communities and to be this little monitor action this populace celebrity figure that has come soon the entire political space in Russia and now he's in the process of transforming himself to the father of the nation on talking about basically being in power through twenty thirty six long after his current term is about to expire in twenty twenty follow. And we've seen it because he's been so successful over twenty years of being President Prime Minister so many others have starts to emulate about same style and oversee with their own local peculiarities. So put it this way ahead of the game. He's proven to be very successful but we also have to step back and see whether he's really addressed all of the societal and economic factors that toll so produced such a crisis in Russia. Some me has tackled others of not being so successfully managed and he's still going to have challenges in the time ahead but he's Kinda blitzed trail for others have seen this as an approach that certainly for him for all. The last two decades had some success. The question I I guess we'll be in this age of a must've pumped damage that unsettled all of our economies even further with Putin's approaches. I'm not hoping approach. We'll be sufficient for the crisis time. Well I certainly learned a lot by listening to that a moment ago and I thank you for not just being able to lay that out so clearly so succinctly but also possessing the body of information that we still are going to need as we go forward hopefully to be able to find a relationship with some form of equilibrium with Russia..
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
DOJ open to reviewing credibility of any Ukraine-related material: Barr
"Even after the acquittal of the president his lawyer Rudy Giuliani is pursuing allegations of corruption in Ukraine this past week Attorney General William Barr said the justice department would carefully scrutinize what Giuliani finds last July president trump made the phone call to Ukraine that led to impeachment he asked the president of Ukraine to investigate a mysterious Democratic National Committee computer server that Mr trump said was hidden in Ukraine we have found that odd request is a story that has grown over the years and was influenced by Moscow you may have wondered how the president was impeached over Ukraine of all places the answer is in the story of the mystery server a reminder that the US and Russia have been on opposite sides of a war in Ukraine since Russia's invasion in twenty fourteen Ukraine security is important to our security and the reason I believe that is that Ukraine is on the front line few people understand what's at stake as well as ambassador bill Taylor he led the U. S. embassy in Ukraine as the trump administration withheld military aid while pressing for investigations of Democrats it was a logical that could not be explained it was crazy trailers testimony carried the weight of his resume west point one hundred and first airborne in Vietnam thirty three years as a diplomat and an expert on Ukraine the Russians are fighting a hybrid war against Ukraine but not just by the crime they're fighting hybrid war against Europe and against the United States the war that the Russians are fighting in Ukraine we have a stake in we have a stake in but it's not just the military war was the cause hybrid wars more than tanks and soldiers hybrid war is information war it's cyber war made its economic war it's a tax on elections and as we know they've attacked our elections the Russian attack on the twenty sixteen election included hacking the computers of the Democratic National Committee US intelligence agencies found the Russian government inspired to help president elect trump selection chances when possible by discrediting secretary Clinton former deputy national intelligence officer and see I a Russia analyst Andrea Kendall Taylor worked on that report the report itself is based on a large body of evidence that demonstrated not only what Russia was doing but also it's intact and it's based on a number of different sources collected human intelligence technical intelligence you seem to be saying that the evidence is convincing that this isn't a close call that's absolutely right if you read the intelligence report it's the consensus view of three intelligence agencies at CIA and NSA and the FBI I'd like to highlight from the same conclusion was reached by the Republican led Senate select committee on intelligence the committee's report on Russian interference was unanimously approved by all of its democratic and Republican members rushes uses social media to him a credit mark Warner is vice chairman the Russian project was a top down government run covert operations that hacked into the DNC an individual's personal emails and weaponize that information to release it at the most important times but the idea that the trump campaign was helped by Russia even unwittingly was a unanimous judgment Mr trump would not accept and by the way folks just in case you were curious no Russia did not help me okay Russia the Russian hopes Mr troop begin a campaign to discredit the intelligence community's conclusions he tweeted so how and why are they so sure about hacking if they never even requested an examination of the computer servers in Mr trump's telling the FBI failed to look for evidence on the Democrats computer network the story of the mystery server was born you dealt directly with the FBI I did yeah sure would Robert Johnston was an investigator of the DNC hack for crown strike a leading cyber security company hired by the Democrats the same he told us the FBI didn't physically examined the DNC servers because crown strike gave the bureau copies of the data from the servers if there is also a server for a computer system of any kind that's involved in the incident you can take an exact bit for bit digital copy of what's on that system now that digital copy is just as good as having the real thing as far as you know the F. B. I. god what it needed and what it wanted exactly and and evidence of that is you don't hear the FBI complaining he's right a former senior government official familiar with the investigation told us that the FBI would have preferred to work along side crowd strikes investigators but the Democratic National Committee decided to give the bureau digital copies of its servers instead the official told us this was acceptable in fact even typical in FBI investigations the F. B. I. use the data to help indict twelve Russian intelligence agents for hacking the DNC but Mr trump's tweets persisted why did the DNC refused to turn over its server to the FBI and where are hidden and smashed DNC servers there were more than one hundred forty servers and the Democrats network but Mr trump created an image of a single box of incriminating information where is the server I want to know where is the server and what is the server saying with that being said all I can do is ask the question my people came to me Dan coats came to me and some others they said they think it's Russia I have president Putin he just said it's not Russia I will say this I don't see any reason why it would be but I really do want to see the server that statement leading Russia off the hook course president trump to issue a retraction the next day we'll probably through all of this Vladimir Putin wasn't just standing idly by he was working to shift blame away from Russia what we can say is that Russia did what Russia dies and that is piling on they amplify those narratives in ways that than advance Russia's own interests they look for conspiracy theories that are already out there they're picking up on elements or narratives that already exist in a society and amplifying those narratives that advance Russian interests the interested Putin was to drive a wedge between his enemy Ukrainian and Ukraine's most important ally the United States I successful prosperous western oriented Ukraine provides a direct threat to Putin's hold on power he can't how the successful Ukraine on his southern border because then it demonstrates to Russians what is possible we need to weeks after Mr trump's inauguration Hooton said in this news conference you it was not Russia that help Donald Trump but Ukraine that helped Hillary Clinton Russian media and U. S. conspiracy websites began to spend suspicion of Ukraine ultimately those rumors appealed to Mr trump's private lawyer Rudy Giuliani who was working to discredit the investigations of Russian meddling in twenty sixteen and there were concerns that there was another game being played another channel that Mr Giuliani was involved as head of the U. S. embassy in Ukraine bill Taylor was frustrated that Giuliani was agitating for investigations that were never official US policy did anyone at the state department ever direct you to investigate whether there was a server in Ukraine so why not no internet search for no one perhaps except the president in twenty seventeen for the first time he added Ukraine to the story of the server in an interview he said why wouldn't Hillary Clinton allow the FBI to see the server they brought in another company that I hear is Ukrainian based crown strike the reporter asked that's what I heard I heard it's owned by a very rich Ukrainian the securities and exchange commission shows that crowd strike is incorporated in Delaware and based in California it's larger shareholders are American venture capital firms over the years crowd strike has been hired by both the democratic and Republican parties so the server they say is held by a company whose primary ownership individual is from you perfect I'd like to see the server are there any links to your knowledge between crowd strike and anyone in Ukraine not to my knowledge was this something that the embassy was concerned about no during the investigation you were leading the crowd strike ever send any of the DNC's computer hardware to Ukraine now that that is that is insane and that is not within the realm of reality last July reality suffered a final blow the story Mr trump first adopted as a server the FBI was blocked from seeing and then became the server investigated by a Ukrainian company finally morphed into the server hidden in Ukraine in the call after the Ukrainian president ask for anti tank missiles to defend himself from Russia Mr trump replied I would like you to do us a favor though they say crowd strike I guess you have one of your wealthy people the server they say you crane hazard this was the first favor Mr trump asked for even before his request that Ukraine also investigate the son of vice president Biden this past November Mr trump spoke by phone to fox and friends the server to cloud strife or whatever it's called which is a country which is a company owned by a very wealthy Ukrainian and I still want to see that server you know the F. B. I.'s never gotten that server that's a big part of this whole thing why did they give it to Ukrainian company they did that are you sure the David to Ukraine well that's what the word is the word that Ukraine was involved was amplified by the president's defenders in the impeachment inquired think pointed to a twenty sixteen opinion article and social media posts written by Ukrainians that were critical of Mr trump as though they were equivalent to Russia's covert campaign targeting U. S. computer networks voting systems and social media Fiona hill Mr trump's former senior director for Russia on the National Security Council warned the committee 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 what are the chances that this whispering campaign about a Democratic National Committee server in Ukraine is actually a Russian intelligence operation the Russian disinformation operation the Russians are very good and fast it's these fake stories that they have propagated and that's what they do they do it pretty well we have to be on guard against the that is the diversity from Vladimir Putin's perspective it worked last November as impeachment played out in America's next election season was under way he said at this forum thank god no one is accusing us of interfering in the U. S. selections anymore now they're accusing you cranes assembly not we reached out to the White House multiple times on this story but they did not
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.
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
Some Senate Republicans interested in Bolton impeachment testimony
"In a stunning reversal former national security adviser John Bolton says he is willing to give testimony of president trump's Senate impeachment trial if he's subpoenaed while some Senate Republicans tell us that they're interested in hearing what Bolton has to say while others believe that that's a decision that should be made once the Senate trial actually gets under way Bolton's testimony could be intriguing because he was the president's top foreign policy adviser and we know from other witnesses that he was troubled by the efforts to pressure you crane into investigating Joe Biden one former National Security Council official for example Fiona hill said that at one point Bolton likens the efforts to a drug deal and told her and others to alert White House lawyers Democrats think he might know more about the president's decision to withhold millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine but Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell says that all decisions about witnesses should take place after opening statements in the Senate trial just like they did during the Clinton impeachment trial more than twenty years ago and the risk here is that if Senate Republicans decide to hear from John Bolton then it's going to be harder to justify stopping there is Democrats want to hear from a host of witnesses that the White House blocked from testifying before the house impeachment
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 nails the Democrats' case
"The impeachment hearings are over but what's next year CBS correspondent Nancy Cordes there are no more public hearing schedule Democrats tell us they do believe that they have the evidence they need to move forward and so the house intelligence committee which held all these hearings will now spend the next week or two writing up reports sending it to the house Judiciary Committee which would then draft articles of impeachment this in pizza palooza tore finally comes to an end two weeks one dozen witnesses and one basic story it was inappropriate I found the July twenty fifth phone call unusual was there a quid pro quo the answer is yes they said the Ukrainians were told again and again president so Lansky would not get a meeting with president trump or millions in military aid unless he announced certain investigations the statement should include specific reference to charisma and twenty sixteen by this point it was clear that Bristol was code for the bidens on Thursday former White House official Fiona hill said she saw the pressure campaign up close did you go speak to the lawyers I certainly did she said a Ukrainian delegation visiting the White House was informed of the old tomato by US ambassador to the E. U. Gordon Sunland he was being involved in a domestic political Ireland and we were being involved in national security foreign policy on those two things have just diverged I did say to him on buses someone garden I think this is all going to blow up he we offer half a world away in Ukraine embassy official David Holmes overheard a conversation between Sunderland and Mr trump a couple weeks later I then president trump ask so he's gonna do the investigation master song replied that he's going to do it adding a presence Lynskey will do anything you ask him to do hill is a Russia expert and warns that the Ukraine controversy is playing right into putting his hands 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 looking ahead to a possible Senate trial president trump met Thursday with the GOP senators notably frequent trump critic Mitt Romney and means Susan Collins one additional Senate more gonna do it we're going to do it right now everybody's going to have their day in court Democrats argued Senate Republicans shouldn't discuss impeachment with the president is trying to taint the jury pool and they should be applauded one Republican senator who was at that White House meeting Lindsey Graham told us afterwards that White House officials still seem to believe that there's a better than fifty fifty chance that impeachment won't go through in the house CBS news correspondent
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
This round of impeachment hearings is over. What did we learn, and what happens next?
"Let's start this weekend where it's been a whirlwind of political news on Capitol Hill our correspondent there bill Rakoff joins us bill you've been following the testimony over the last couple weeks from some people in the house intelligence committee impeachment inquiry what were some of the key moments over the last week I think certainly the key testimony came from even bass record and Simon who testified on Wednesday that although he wasn't told directly by the president it was his understanding talking to others that there was a quid pro quo in exchange for a meeting between president trump and the Ukraine president Zelinsky for an investigation into twenty sixteen and Burr is mine the elections and by extension the Biden family was there a quid pro quo as I testified previously with regard to the requested White House call and the White House meeting the answer is yes the other big testimony we heard from was on Thursday from doctor Fiona hill who testified that she came to realize that the US ambassador to the U. Mister Simon was on what she called a domestic political errand to pressure you crane to investigate president trump's political adversary she described a moment where she got rather heated with them he said that he was in charge of Ukraine on a civil who put you in charge bosses Sunderland's and he said the president when she realized and she told lawmakers is that they were on converging tracks that Fiona hill and her team were trying to pursue a national security policy with Ukraine while he was running this so called domestic personal errand what have we learned about Rudy Giuliani's role in all this from from the witnesses we've heard from Rudy Giuliani apparently with the white house's blessing was running this back channel diplomacy but it's hard to call it back channel because the president it seem wanted everybody to run everything through Rudy Giuliani remember two things here Rudy Giuliani is not in the government he is the president's personal attorney and while there's I guess nothing necessarily wrong with the president picking is man to run the show it was unusual Gordon Simon testified that he did not nor did any of his team want to work with Rudy Giuliani but they completely understood that it was the only way they had a chance to improve U. S. Ukraine relations by dealing with him what is the White House saying on this and how are Republicans spinning this so the White House is saying nothing hear nothing found I think we had a tremendous week with the hopes you know the great oaks she helps the Republicans are saying look you've gone through all these hearings and that talking about Adam Schiff in the Democrats and you have yet to produce anything that says president trump asked the Lynskey to do an investigation on the bidens on very small on the twenty sixteen elections in exchange for either a security eight or be a White House meeting everything that you have the Republicans are telling the Democrats is hearsay where do we go from here than bill so it's still quite possible that the intelligence committee could depose some more witnesses and might even have another public hearing we're not getting the indication that that's likely but it's always a possibility what they're going to do if there are no more witnesses is cobble all of this testimony together they're going to put it in a presentable package which they will give to the house Judiciary Committee it will then be up to Jerry Nadler and his committee to take all of that information and decide whether or not to refer articles of impeachment to the full house we are expecting that will happen sometime in early December the house then would have to debate it considerate and then take a full vote on whether or not there will be an impeachment trial it is the hope we're hearing from Democrats that they would get this done before the Christmas break which comes up on December twentieth if that's the case then look for a possible impeachment trial in the Senate come early January and in the Senate it could be a totally different story at as to how that plays out right it could be it could be a a a and we're already hearing rumblings behind the scenes that Senate Republicans are looking to conduct their own hearings it wouldn't be part of the impeachment process but they want to call the witnesses the Democrats would let the Republicans call they wanna call hunter Biden in to clear up this whole charisma thing they want to talk to other people they also say they would invite documents and request documents from the White House but it would be interesting if the White House decided to go along with Senate Republicans why they would do that and then what the explanation would be for not doing so with the house Democrats who were still being stymied from that information and of course don't forget the Senate is governed by re can sell if this does go to trial it would take a majority of the senators to go along with this and you know right now the count just isn't there for that and how successful throughout the Senate process to do you think Republicans will begin hearing from the whistleblower that effort is going to continue I think at some point there there will probably be an effort either in the house or in the Senate to get that whistle blower behind closed doors you'll remember some time ago that the whistle blowers lawyer did say that his client would be willing to meet with house investigators behind closed doors I don't know if that's still the case or not but Senate Republicans are making a push for that and it's quite possible that either before Christmas or maybe shortly thereafter we may find out a little bit more at least directly from the whistle blower whether we learn the identity or not is another story and bill shortly before Christmas you mention December twentieth that's also a key day for the budget yeah it's certainly as president trump signed a continuing resolution on Thursday that kicks the can down the road again this seems to be well what Congress is fairly good at but as you know these things also kind of boil down to the last minute at times so the big fear is you're juggling the impeachment process you're also concerned about passing a spending plan and whether or not oil and water somehow going to mix in this mess and great for some bad blood or even worse blood it's already in Congress it's there now but Nancy Pelosi has insisted that the house can legislate and investigate at the same time and this will be the ultimate test of that CBS news Capitol Hill correspondent bill Rakoff on the weekend around get
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.
Fiona Hill clashes with Rep. Hurd on Ukraine interference
"Unless more people come forward or are called to testify hearings with witnesses for the impeachment inquiry in Washington are finished it was very clear at this point that there was let's just say the different channel in operation and relations to cry and one that was domestic and political in nature former National Security Council adviser Fiona hare hill says the president trump through his attorney Rudy Giuliani pushed for political investigations in Ukraine Texas Republican will heard I've not heard evidence proving the president committed bribery or extortion the house is on a break now until December
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" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"The day before on a call in the next day Gordon. Silence of the answer to that was I was going to do the investigation. So when did he ask about the investigation. Might my assumption is heated closed-door meeting with your mock missile you recognized. I'd like to turn our discussion to the campaign to remove a career diplomat ambassador. Ivanovich both of you in your various capacities had to work with her. And both of you witness What I would call a smear campaign? I wanted to know your our thoughts Dr Hill. What was your view of Ambassador Given Aventis experience and quality of her work in the Ukraine? And what do do you consider it to be a smear campaign. I have the highest regard for combustive which both in terms of Sir Integrity on the high standards of work that she was carrying out as. I'm buster in Ukraine and across her whole career. I do believe there was a smear campaign and I just want to say again for the record. I think it was a necessary if there was a decision to have a political ambassador. Put in place in Ukraine That would be perfectly acceptable. It's exactly the right of the president to be able to do that. I did just did not see why it was necessary to malign and busted Ivanovich vantage to such an extent Mr Holmes. Would you agree with that. And can you talk about the character integrity and performance of professor. Ah Embassador Yvonna Vich both in Ukraine. Yes ma'am she was extremely professional respected in Ukraine by Ukrainians I think also by visiting American senior officials including members of this committee and of Congress who came to visit. She extremely dedicated hardworking. Did you Cheetah's smear campaign as well. I did yes. And what was the effect that it had on the morale of other professionals that you worked with in the Ukraine. It was a very confusing time as I've said before president has the right to remove embassador for any or no reason at all. It was not clear why this was happening or why people weren't standing up for. I'd like to now turn Dr Hill to your boss. Your boss was ambbassador. Bolton right that's correct yes did your boss Dr Boat Ambassador Bolton tell you that Giuliani was quote a hand grenade he did. Yes what do you think he meant by his.
"fiona hill" Discussed on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
"Has written a book about Putin and in her own way she she took about about. She said Look folks Ukraine's not the bad guys rushes. The bad guy is here. They were the bad guys doing the work. And all of these conspiracy. spiracy theory. She said are a fictional narrative. That is exactly what Russia wants you to believe. It is in their interest to have you believe that Ukraine and was doing all of these nefarious things. But honestly if you believe that you're doing your work you are in their camp. And then she took apart. The sunlen Giuliani narrative. which was you know we were doing this to get the money through? She said look what they were doing was a domestic political errand period of the three words very various paragraph a domestic political arid. We were talking about national security. They were embarked on a domestic political. Aaron and those two things didn't really me abby. She went a step further in making her point. Listen to this I on questions and statements inside heard some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and security services did not conduct a campaign against our country and that perhaps somehow now for some reason Ukraine did. This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated propagated by the Russian security services themselves so the Republicans as you heard. They tried to respond to that and she broke it down for them. She explained actually point-by-point. Exactly why it makes no sense to equate any kind of innuendo about Ukraine with what Russia did in two thousand sixteen. She took the article the politico article that Republicans have been entering into the record for several days now written by a a good reporter that she affirmed was a good reporter. Ken Vogel and she explained that. That article did not say that Ukraine had the same. I'm kind of top down effort to interfere in the two thousand sixteen election. That Russia did she also explained that in the lead up to the two thousand sixteen election there were several other world world leaders and ambassadors and officials and high level governments. Who are even our allies? Who wrote things were unfavourable to president trump who criticized sized him publicly and she sent Ukraine officials did that? They probably shouldn't have but that is not the same thing as election interference and that was. I think really powerful for her to do because she didn't bat aside. She took the Republican argument and she broke. She tore it down piece by piece. And she said the president hasn't had the same other issues with with Elvis other writings and all these other leaders that he has had with Ukraine. It seems Ukraine is the one that has really stuck with him. whereas in other countries of the world leaders were saying criticize like critical things. And you know. He hasn't retaliated in the same. Everybody stick around for a moment We've got a guest Democratic Congressman Raja Christian Murthy of Illinois. He's a member number of both the Intelligence and Oversight Committees and you heard them asking questions just a little while ago congressman. Thanks for joining us. Such Fiona Hill seemed to shatter shatter these Republican conspiracy theories today. What was your reaction when you heard those exchanges with members of your committee and her well well? I think somebody said on your panel what I was about to say. which is that at some point? They just stopped asking questions because they weren't able to handle her responses. And I think nick at one point they asked a question their time ran out and they were. I think they were happy that their time ran out. And the chairman chairmanship allowed them allowed her to continue responding and they were livid but that's the rules of the committee. You're the witness is allowed to answer a question. If it's outstanding. I think that and she obviously is a brilliant expert on the issues that we're talking about Every day in the committee but as a fact witness she was also convincing with regard to her conversations with Gordon Sunland and her pointing out that you know he was on a domestic political errand were whereas she and the National Security Council were really trying to protect our national security. Those are who totally different topics and unfortunately we did Are the president. Did assigned to Gordon Sunland something that he should never have that which is You know trying to get another power to investigate his political rivals. What were your impressions? It's congressman of David. Home is the counselor for political affairs at the US embassy in Ukraine who overheard that phone conversation between the president and the US Sebastian the EU. Gordon Subtle. I thought he was convincing. And he gave he gave facts that were consistent with his deposition testimony and his opening statements. It's in both and I think that he was also somebody who tried to stay in his lane so to speak and you testified as to what he knew what he saw what he heard and I think he really did here The president speak on that phone. He talked about how the phone call was at. The president was very loud on the phone and Gordon Sunland. He gave testimony yesterday which was not contradictory for the vast majority already of of what was described today in that phone call Fiona held described what she described as this shadow policy in Ukraine as a domestic political errand But your Republican colleague will hurt of Texas. WHO's not seeking reelection said yes? The policy may have been misguided but not necessarily enough to impeach speech the president of the United States. What's your response? Well Gosh I I'm withholding judgement on impeachment until we're completed With our assignment right now in the inquiry stage and it goes to the Judiciary Committee. But I gotta say there is a lot of evidence that stacked up over the last couple of weeks That support any number of fences from abuse of power coercion to bribery to obstruction. And so I respectfully disagree with Congressman. Heard that there isn't enough evidence to support an impeachable offense at the end of the day. This is what it's about wolf which is are we going to allow president to use the immense power of the office to basically pressure. You're a another power to investigate His or her political rivals here Not only that. But you're also using the full tools of the the government to investigate a private citizen of this of this country. That's like the worst fear of any individual with regard to their government. So I I think. This is very serious congressman. Chris Murphy thanks so much for joining US other support day. Thank you all right. Everybody stand by even though the White House is downplaying. Today's impeachment testimony owning and it was a very dramatic. 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The top Russia expert at the National Security Council for the past two and a half years shattering battering the conspiracy theories during the course of her testimony. I had the opportunity to sit in the hearing room when she made her opening statement and read along long a written copy. What I found in her was an extraordinary patriot? Somebody standing at the ready to sound the alarm not somebody who wanted to but somebody who was a public servant who was ready to sound the alarm about the wrongdoing of this administration and directly about the wrongdoing of this president so I saw somebody of extraordinary courage somebody who spoke clearly concisely without embellishment of the facts and with precision. What were your impressions of David? Holmes the political counselor at the US embassy embassy in Ukraine much. The same in him you saw and it was shared also by Dr Hill. A love of and a belief in our foreign policy and building on our relationship with Ukraine recognizing the vulnerability of that democracy to Ladimir Putin to the the actual invasion by Russia and then they saw the competing interests of this president who actually feeling a hill said so movingly being lied and so clearly that sound was sent on a political errand private political errand while she was trying to work on diplomacy and peace ace and national security global security and those two agendas came into conflict for the end of today's hours and hours of testimony. We heard from Republican congressman will heard of Texas. He's he's not seeking reelection he's a former. CIA clandestine officer. Listen to what he said his bottom line conclusion an impeachable offense should be compelling overwhelmingly clear unambiguous. And it's not something to be rushed. I taken lightly. I've not heard evidence proving. The President committed bribery or extortion. I also reject the notion that holding this view means supporting according all the foreign policy choices we have been hearing about over these last few weeks. All right have you Heard such evidence. I certainly have an came first. Hand it came from those diplomats who did not have a political fight. They actually just wanted to do good for our country so those comments by the retiring tiring congressmen are terribly disappointing. I don't understand it if not this. If if this is not wrongdoing by a president trying to change change the outcome of an upcoming election trying to withhold and in fact withholding aid to a foreign country that Congress had appropriated to their peril Ukraine was at peril as a result of holding that up if he doesn't see that if the representative doesn't see that as a high crime or misdemeanor or extraordinary wrongdoing. I don't know what he would call a high crime or misdemeanor. This is a president who has abused his power.
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.