Trump's former top Russia adviser Fiona Hill's impeachment testimony paints damning picture of pressure put on Ukraine

Fiona HillFiona Hill, former senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, arrives to review her previous testimony in the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry into President Trump led by the House Intelligence, House Foreign Affairs and House Oversight and Reform Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington on November 4, 2019.Leah Millis/Reuters

  • The transcript from the testimony of President Donald Trump's former top adviser on Russia was released on Friday by House investigators leading the impeachment inquiry into the president.
  • Fiona Hill's testimony presented a damning picture of a shadow effort to pressure Ukraine into launching investigations desired by Trump.
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The transcript of testimony from Fiona Hill, the former top adviser on Russia in the Trump administration, was released on Friday by House investigators leading the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Hill, who previously served as a senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs before stepping down in August, testified before House lawmakers in mid-October.

Her testimony presented a damning picture of a shadow effort to pressure Ukraine into launching investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden, and a conspiracy theory linked to the 2016 presidential election.

Upon the release of the transcript, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff tweeted: "This is first-hand testimony on how the levers of government were abused to help the president politically, at the cost of our national security."

Some of the biggest takeaways from Hill's testimony:

  • Hill's former boss, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, was not interested in getting involved in the president's efforts to urge Ukraine to launch certain investigations.
  • According to Hill, Bolton did not initially realize the extent to which Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was involved in matters pertaining to Ukraine.
  • She said: "I asked my, you know, direct superior Ambassador Bolton if he was aware of Mr. Giuliani being given some direct taskings related to Ukraine, and he was not aware of this."
  • Hill said Bolton described Giuliani as a "hand grenade that is going to blow everybody up."
  • She placed strong emphasis on the central role Giuliani played in the efforts to urge kraine into launching the investigations.

This article will continue to be updated.

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