Scoop: House Democrats want testimony from Trump's former Russia adviser
The House committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine have requested that Trump's former Russia adviser Fiona Hill appear for a deposition on Oct. 14, as well as turn over several documents dating back to January 2017.
Context: Hill left her role as Trump's top Russia aide in August, although she had wrapped up most of her work by mid-July. It's unclear how much she knew about the controversial July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which is at the center of Democrats' impeachment inquiry.
- Hill, a long-standing policy expert and critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, served under both H.R. McMaster and John Bolton on the National Security Council.
What to watch: The White House made it clear in a letter to House Democratic leaders on Tuesday that it has no plans to cooperate with the committees' interview or document requests.
- It was unclear as of Wednesday evening whether the Trump administration plans to block Hill from complying.
Hill could not immediately be reached for comment.