Trump's Former Russia Aide Will Testify On Giuliani, Sondland Activities
President Donald Trump’s former top aide on Russia and Europe, Fiona Hill, reportedly will tell Congress that “Rudy Giuliani and E.U. ambassador Gordon Sondland circumvented the National Security Council and the normal White House process to pursue a shadow policy on Ukraine,” according to NBC News.
An individual familiar with Hill’s planned testimony told the news outlet that the former aide, who left the administration only recently, will discuss how the president’s personal attorney and Sondland “side-stepped the proper process for accessing Trump on Ukraine issues.”
Those measures reportedly included skirting then-National Security Adviser John Bolton.
NBC News noted that it is possible the White House will attempt to scuttle Hill’s testimony by exerting executive privilege. A senior White House official told the outlet that her appearance before Congress is making those close to the president fearful, given her role in the administration.
Hill left her post just before Trump’s now-infamous phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which he asked his counterpart to ensure an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
Though she would have no knowledge of that particular conversation, Hill would be aware of events leading up to the phone call.
The former aide has not been subpoenaed by Congress but her testimony was requested and Hill reportedly accepted the invitation. Currently, she is slated to go before the House on Oct. 14.