Trump's ex-Russia adviser Fiona Hill testifies in impeachment inquiry

Source : 112 Ukraine

Hill was testifying for more than nine hours behind closed doors
10:27, 15 October 2019

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Fiona Hill, President Donald Trump's former top Russia adviser, is the latest witness summoned in the impeachment inquiry against the U.S. president over his request that Ukraine investigates a political rival, Reuters reports.

Hill recounted a July 10 meeting in Washington that she attended with senior Ukrainian and U.S. officials, including U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, according to a person familiar with her testimony.

Hill said that Sondland raised the matter of investigations, which she and others took as a reference to a probe into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who had served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Alarmed at what she heard, Hill said she left the meeting and was advised to see National Security Council lawyer John Eisenberg, the person said.

And Sondland appeared to be coordinating with Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, the person stated.

As we reported earlier, federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph Giuliani broke lobbying laws in his dealings in Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the inquiry.

Prosecutors are investigating whether the president’s lawyer broke laws meant to prevent covert foreign influence on the government.

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