Former Trump nat-sec staffer Fiona Hill might make news today, but … this won’t be it. The deputy to John Bolton joins State Department official David Holmes in today’s House impeachment inquiry hearing as Adam Schiff keeps looking for direct evidence of a quid pro quo over military aid appropriated by Congress. Both witnesses seem unlikelier than Gordon Sondland for that, who didn’t deliver for Schiff, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some fireworks today:
A former top White House official will offer on Thursday a full-throated rebuttal to the narrative pushed by President Donald Trump and his GOP allies about Ukraine’s role meddling in American politics, according to a source familiar with her testimony.
Fiona Hill, who served as Trump’s top Russia adviser until she left the administration this summer, will also warn the House Intelligence Committee as part of the impeachment inquiry that the Kremlin is prepared to strike again in 2020 and remains a serious threat to American democracy that the United States must seek to combat, the source said.
In her brief opening statement, Hill will offer a strong pushback to the claims peddled by Trump, his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and some congressional Republicans that Ukraine may have interfered in the 2016 elections to help Hillary Clinton.
CBS This Morning is still high on Gordon Sondland’s quid pro quo testimony, but that’s because they’re skipping over the fact that Sondland’s QPQ related to a White House visit and a call from Donald Trump. Sondland denied any direct or even indirect knowledge of linkage between investigations of Burisma and military aid, telling Congress he presumed it existed. Nevertheless, the panel does a decent job of setting up today’s hearing for about the first minute: