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Impeachment inquiry: Fiona Hill's testimony

<b>Impeachment inquiry: Fiona Hill's testimony</b>The Latest on the House impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine
Fiona Hill, a former White House national security adviser testifying before a House committee in an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, says that Russia and its proxies have geared up for 2020 election interference. In prepared testimony, Fiona Hill cautioned against getting sidetracked by other narratives on election interference, as Republican members of the committee continue to push a debunked theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Hill stressed that she is a "nonpartisan foreign policy expert" who has served Republican and Democratic administrations. She says the conclusion by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the election "is beyond dispute." Hill told lawmakers: "We are running out of time to stop them...Our nation is being torn apart. Truth is questioned." A British-born coal-miner's daughter with a Ph.D. from Harvard, Dr. Hill is a respected Russia expert, former intelligence analyst and co-author of a 500-page book analyzing the psyche of its president, Vladimir V. Putin. So the prospect of working for a president who speaks admiringly of Mr. Putin and has expressed doubts that Russia interfered in the 2016 election gave her pause. Her decision to join the National Security Council in April 2017 --and to stay for more than two years after Mr. Trump cozied up to Mr. Putin and publicly disparaged the nation's intelligence agencies -- strained friendships and made her a target of right-wing conspiracy theorists who spread rumors that she was a Democratic mole. In closed-door testimony, Dr. Hill called her gripping account "my worst nightmare." In it, she revealed how she and her boss at the time, John R. Bolton, the former White House national security adviser, were alarmed at a rogue effort by allies of Mr. Trump, led by his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to deliver on the president's desire for Ukraine to announce investigations into his political rivals. In it, she described a tense White House meeting with Mr. Sondland, Mr. Bolton, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Ukrainian officials in which it became apparent that Mr. Mulvaney was working with Mr. Sondland and Mr. Giuliani to execute the president's plan. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says there is clear evidence that President Donald Trump has used his office for his personal gain. She says doing that "undermined the national security of the United States."


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