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#Trumpeachment – Fiona Hill is neither Kathy Griffin nor George Soros

Fiona Hill will appear before Congress today as the impeachment inquiry continues. The RWNJ troll-bots have been busily calling her a “George Soros mole”, even as one assumes that when she was appointed to the NSC in 2017 by Trump, any such association would have been disqualifying. But the current buzz by nutters is that she’s one of the whistle-blowers.

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Fiona Hill left her post just before Trump’s July call with Zelensky in which he pressed for the investigation,

but NBC and CNN report she was was aware of the efforts by Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, to find dirt on Biden in Ukraine.

NBC reported that Hill plans to tell congressional panels leading the impeachment effort that Giuliani and Gordan Sondland, the European Union ambassador who has been subpoenaed to appear before the panels, led a shadow policy on Ukraine that went around normal procedures and side-stepped the National Security Council.

Her attorney did not respond to an inquiry from USA TODAY.

Before helping guide the Trump administration on Russia and Euroasia policy, Hill was a Brookings Institution scholar, a frequent Putin critic and authored multiple books on Russia and Vladimir Putin, including “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin,” which criticized the Russian president’s ruling of the country. 

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US National Security Adviser Mike Flynn speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 1, 2017..Flynn signaled a more hardline American stance on Iran Wednesday, condemning a recent missile test and declaring he was "officially putting Iran on notice." / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Just weeks into her new job as the White House’s top Russia analyst, Fiona Hill was sitting in one of her first high-level meetings with the president, his national security adviser, and a pounding migraine.

Furiously writing notes, keeping her head down, and willing both the meeting and the hammering in her head to end, it took her a few moments to realize her then-boss, Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, had called on her repeatedly. She shot up, wide-eyed, sure she’d be fired. Trump at that point confused her for the executive secretary rather than his top Russia adviser.

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she was recruited by K.T. McFarland and Michael Flynn, who were out as Trump’s top two national security officials before Hill even formally started. She had even worked with Christopher Steele, the British ex-spymaster behind the salacious dossier that rocked the early days of Trump’s presidency.

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“She wasn’t sitting around with Bolton debating what policies to implement,” said a former NSC official who’s worked with Hill. “And she hints at the fact that she doesn’t know what’s going on sometimes. Damage control is really her purview.”

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 she entered the White House with a particularly heavy piece of baggage that either didn’t bother Trump or never crossed his radar: a former working relationship with Steele.

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Fiona Hill (born October 1965) is a British-born American foreign affairs specialist and national security official specializing in the former Soviet Union and Russian and European affairs. In April 2017, she was appointed by President Donald Trump as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on his National Security Council staff.[1][2] Hill decided to step down from the position in August 2019.[3] During her tenure, the United States’ policy towards Russia was said to be “tougher than that of the Obama administration.”[4] In October 2019, Hill agreed to testify in Congress as part of the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump; her testimony is scheduled for October 14.[5]

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