Fiona Hill is testifying today at the impeachment inquiry hearings. Hill claims that she thought Rudy Giuliani’s actions would “probably come back to haunt” the Trump administration.
Multiple witnesses testifying before the House Intelligence Committee have accused Giuliani of being the architect of an alleged quid pro quo between the White House and Ukraine.
However, Hill, a former National Security Council official specializing in Russian and European affairs, previously admitted in a closed-door deposition that she assisted Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy who compiled the dubious Russia dossier.
Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm, hired Steele to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee bankrolled the firm’s efforts.
Though the dossier contained uncorroborated allegations, some of which were proven to be outright false, FBI agents used it to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on members of the Trump campaign.
Breitbart further reports:
Hill was asked directly about her work with Steele. She portrayed it as a product of circumstance, and said that she believed he was being fed misinformation by Russians, perhaps as payback for his past spying on them. (Some of the information also came from Ukraine, though Hill dismissed Ukrainian interference as a “fictional narrative.”)
“He was my counterpart when I was the director, the national intelligence officer,” she testified. She added: “So inevitably, when I had to do liaison meetings with the U.K., he was the person I had to meet with.” She said that she had worked with him from 2006 to 2009 — and added that he had reached out to her in 2016, during the election: “That was prior to the time that I had any knowledge about the dossier. He was constantly trying to drum up business, and he had contacted me because he wanted to see if I could give him a contact to some other individual, who actually I don’t even recall now, who he could approach about some business issues.”
She said that she saw a copy of the “dossier” in January 2017, the day before it was published by Buzzfeed, adding that “it seemed to be about half of Washington, D.C., had it.” She later said she was “shocked” he was responsible.
According to her résumé, Hill was also once on a regional board of George Soros’s Open Society Institute.