Oct 10, 2019

Scoop: House Democrats want testimony from Trump's former Russia adviser

Fiona Hill. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.

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NYT: Bolton told Trump aide to alert White House lawyers on Ukraine

President Trump speaks as then-national security adviser John Bolton looks on in the White House in July. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former national security adviser John Bolton told a top aide on Russia to notify White House lawyers about a campaign to press Ukraine to investigate President Trump's rivals, Congress was told Monday, the New York Times first reported.

What they're saying: Trump's former Russia adviser Fiona Hill testified for 10 hours in the House's Ukraine investigation. Per the NYT, she said Bolton told her to alert the chief National Security Council lawyer that Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was "cooking up" a "rogue operation" with legal implications with acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the EU.

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Ex-Trump Russia adviser to testify after subpoena from House Democrats

Fiona Hill, President Trump's former Russia adviser, arrives at the Capitol to testify before Congress. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

President Trump's former Russia adviser Fiona Hill arrived on Capitol Hill to testify in the House's Ukraine investigation Monday after receiving a subpoena from the Democratic-led committees leading the impeachment inquiry, her attorney confirmed on Twitter.

Why it matters: Hill, who left her role as Trump's top Russia aide in August, is expected to testify that Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland "circumvented [the administration] to pursue a shadow foreign policy on Ukraine," according to NBC News. That policy included pushing Ukraine to open investigations into the 2016 presidential election and unsubstantiated corruption allegations against Joe Biden and his son.

Go deeper: Fiona Hill document request outlines Democrats' impeachment roadmap

Keep ReadingArrowOct 14, 2019

White House tried to limit ex-Trump Russia adviser's testimony

President Trump's former Russia adviser Fiona Hill leaves Capitol Hill on Monday. Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images

The White House tried to limit the testimony of President Trump's former Russia adviser Fiona Hill, which lasted for 10 hours on Monday, letters obtained by Axios' Margaret Talev show. However, it did not try to block her.

The big picture: Hill received a subpoena from the Democratic-led committees leading the impeachment inquiry. Her lawyer tweeted Monday night that she "cooperated fully with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle" in the House's Ukraine investigation.

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