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.

  • The letters show that there was some clashing between Hill’s counsel and White House counsel on the definition and scope of classified information, executive privilege and whether the Democrats' investigation is an actual impeachment inquiry.

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Marc Short with Katie Miller, Vice President Pence's communications director, in March. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Reuters

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Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.

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Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo López outside the Spanish embassy in Caracas, in 2019. Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images

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Why it matters: He's been highly influential in the push to oust President Nicolás Maduro's regime and a mentor to opposition leader Juan Guaidó. He'd been in the Spanish ambassador's Caracas residence since escaping house arrest in April 2019 following a failed military uprising.