Fiona Hill, the first White House aide to testify in the impeachment process, appeared before Congress this week in a closed-door hearing that lasted for hours. Ms. Hill has been a key aide amid the President’s two famous foreign scandals with Russia and the Ukraine, leaving her post just prior to the now infamous Ukraine phone call.
Ms. Hill complied with the subpoena to testify and now joins a score of other public servants who refuse to go along with the President’s requests that they defy Congress, with the White House reportedly putting pressure on what the former aide could say.
Faced with a subpoena from Democratic investigators, Hill reportedly detailed how Giuliani, now under a criminal investigation of his own, was part of a plot to run a “shadow diplomacy” in an effort to take down some of Trump’s rivals. This type of abuse of power is, of course, at the very core of the impeachment probe.
Of course that is just ONE insider speaking out- by the end of this week, Congress is expected to hear from another insider, the UN Ambassador who is at the center of the Ukraine plot, who was the author of the now famous “quid pro quo” text and that he will offer incriminating interpretations of the events.
Pundits say this is important because these two testimonies are from DIPLOMATS, not the whistle-blowers or Trump critics and point out that these are people who work for Trump and if they could offer a better explanation or a more benign spin on the whole ordeal, they would. But they can’t.
Many agree this shows that Trump’s requests and interferences with testimonies have been to muzzle all these people so that the impeachment probe would NOT get the facts. The UN ambassador is also set to testify that he worked at the direction of Giuliani to secure a public statement from Ukraine about the Biden-linked company that Trump wanted investigated, basically in exchange for a White House visit.
Trump, strangely, has said that he “enjoys” the impeachment process and actually finds it “energizing.” Ari Melber, host of MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber, points out that President Johnson spoke similarly of his impeachment process, only to have it discovered later that he was secretly livid about the whole thing. Melber speculated that may also be the case with our own Commander in Chief.
On top of the current impeachment proceedings, it’s important to remember that there is also a criminal investigation occurring as well, most recently surrounding Rudy Giuliani.
Ari points out that all of this will come down to what Congress decides the evidence shows that Trump did- will they find evidence of a high crime, bribery or something else of which they could ultimately see the President convicted.